As Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights First, Nicole Elkon oversees advocacy, policy, communications, finance, and operations for the organization. She manages the executive team and reports to the President and CEO.
With expertise in management, communications, and public-private partnerships, Nicole has held leadership positions in government, business, and the nonprofit sector.
Under President Obama, she worked as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and was Director of the Bureau’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships. In the Clinton Administration she served as the Director for Planning for the National Security Council, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Scheduling at the White House, and Press Secretary at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In the nonprofit and private sectors, Nicole served as the Director of External Affairs at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut; Chief of Staff and Director of Communications of the 9/11 United Services Group, a nonprofit established to help those harmed by the attacks of September 11th; and Vice President of International Communications and Strategic Planning at Merrill Lynch.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada