Senior Vice President, Chief Impact Officer, Community Impact
As Senior Vice President, Chief Impact Officer, Community Impact, Nicole Gallant has helped make the case for greater alignment and coordination to enable more children from low-income communities to read proficiently by grade three.
Before joining United Way of New York City, Nicole was senior advisor for the Annie E Casey Foundation’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Prior to joining the Campaign, Nicole was senior education advisor for the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), where she created and oversaw the education strategy, representing 35% of the agency’s $1 billion budget. Under her leadership, CNCS shifted an increased portion of its $350 million education budget toward proven and promising practices with a strong track record of achieving educational outcomes. From June 2010 through September 2011, Nicole directed Learn and Serve America, the federal government’s only program for the experience-based teaching and learning approach known as service-learning.
Prior to her appointment at CNCS, Nicole was a program executive at the Atlantic Philanthropies, overseeing a $115 million domestic learning portfolio. Her experience also includes a fellowship at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and strategic planning at Knight Securities, a global trading firm. Nicole’s tenure in linking service to education began in 1996 at Columbia University, where, as an AmeriCorps member, she established and directed 30 scholar-teachers in an award-winning literacy program in Harlem schools. She also helped launched Job Road to provide local employment for adult learners.
She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University, and her research appears in the Journal of Negro History.