Nicole Sexton is the Chief of Staff of the Central Park Conservancy. At the Conservancy Nicole is responsible for the development and stewardship of strategic projects as directed by the President and CEO of the Conservancy. Under Nicole’s leadership, the Conservancy has implementing many corporate wide initiatives for the organization that focus on organizational restructuring and long range planning. She has led the search for several key hires and has been instrumental in developing significant relationships with other parks groups around the world.
Prior to joining CPC Nicole helped to establish the FEED Foundation as its first Executive Officer and she has remained on the Board. As of 2015, the FEED Foundation, in partnership with FEED Projects, has provided 85 million free, nutritious school meals to kids around the globe. Before moving to New York, Nicole was a long time resident of Washington DC. She was the Executive Outreach Director for DATA and ONE, the grassroots campaign and advocacy organization committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. At ONE, Nicole managed the organization’s grassroots/VIP relationships. Nicole was the architect of the ONE VOTE 08 campaign which included sending a bi partisan delegation of legislators and their staffs to Rwanda, a trip that led to a renewed commitment by both parties to increase foreign investment in the developing world. Prior to working for ONE Nicole was the Director of Finance for the NRSC a position she held for 6 years and was responsible for raising over $280M in campaign funding. In 2008 she wrote her first novel Party Favors a deliciously witty peek into the secretive world of political fundraising in D.C.
Nicole was the 2013 Chairman of the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Committee under Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and served in the role of Vice-Chair in 2014. The committee raises funds for the National Alzheimer’s Association by holding an annual Gala in honor of Princess Yasmin’s mother Rita Hayworth. Nicole has been a Consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative and is and advisor to the Eastern Congo Initiative. She is a Same Sky Ambassador and has been a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University. In 2015 Nicole had the distinct honor of being recognized as the Civilian Honoree at the prestigious Red, White and Blue Luncheon supporting The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club which has been serving servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees and veterans and their families visiting New York City since 1919. She graduated with a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and has completed graduate studies in Art History at Georgetown University as well graduate studies in Public Policy at Yale University.