Acting Executive Director
Nicole Carlsburg has dedicated her career to empowering and advocating for women and families.
As Acting Executive Director, Nicole leads the Foundation’s nonpartisan efforts to advance women’s political equality and increase women’s representation in the field of contemporary art. With experience on a broad range of national and local campaigns, Nicole brings years of strategic insight to the Foundation’s work, including seven years on Barbara Lee’s senior leadership team. As Program Director, Nicole managed strategic nonpartisan grant-making initiatives that expanded women’s participation in American politics and contributed to the Foundation’s nonpartisan research.
Nicole came to the Barbara Lee Family Foundation from the Family Equality Council, the national organization working to ensure equality for LGBT-headed families. There, she managed the organization’s grant seeking and donor communications, designed and implemented resources and programming for LGBT parents and their children, and advanced issue advocacy campaigns such as California’s marriage equality initiative (Prop 8) and overturning Florida’s LGBT adoption ban. In her earlier career, Nicole worked at the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, where she served as a human resources coordinator, and later raised critical funds for patient-centered, community-focused healthcare.
Nicole is a 2013 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, a national progressive political entrepreneurship training program for young professionals.
Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and drama.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. -Audre Lorde