Nikki joined the YCE team in 2016 as the Project Director for the MEIF: Gateway to Opportunity program. She also assists with Youth Healthcare Career Pathways work and other projects relating to youth workforce development . Nikki is a recent transplant to Maine from New York City where she spent 6 years managing workforce development programs for low-income New Yorkers. While at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), she oversaw the NYCHA Resident Training Academy, an innovative, employment-linked training program for public housing residents that served over 250 residents per year. She also helped launch the pilot program, HireNYC, while at the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which was the City's first attempt at incentiving local source hiring by linking the City's real estate development projects with the publicly-funded workforce system. Nikki has been inspired to learn more about the programs and partnerships in place at Muskie aimed at helping young people thrive. She is a lifelong city-dweller and product of a large public school system. From a young age, she learned to value diversity in all forms, and have deep respect for the open expression of identities, ideals, and lifestyles. The dedication she's seen from colleagues here and the commitment from the youth who are so central to their work has been a true inspiration.
"In a short time, I have seen the tremendous value and impact of youth-focused and youth-driven work that amplifies their voices and empowers them to implement their vision for more inclusive institutions, systems, and communities."