NCG is pleased to welcome the newest member of its team, Nicole Giles, as its new Strategic Initiatives Associate.
Nicole started her work with NCG as a Project Consultant in May of 2019, providing support on Philanthropy California’s budding initiative, Better California. She brings with her several years of experience working in the philanthropic field, supporting projects at East Bay Community Foundation and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, paired with an educational background in both business economics and social policy.
She describes her life as being characterized by an understanding of the ways in which institutions in America work harmoniously to uphold their inequitable foundations. She became acutely aware at a young age of the paradigm of oppression that blocks equitable access to resources and opportunities for marginalized populations. This fueled her determination to join, create and uplift spaces that affect change for the most vulnerable communities that fall victim to this paradigm.
Nicole continues to support the team through her focus on collaboration and coordination and her desire to be conducive to NCG’s innovative and impactful work. She deeply recognizes the responsibility philanthropy has to tackle the root causes of the problems it aims to solve, do more than simply address its past, and go far beyond charitable giving.
Nicole currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the newly revitalized local affinity group for Black folks in philanthropy, Black Funders Network of the Bay Area.
As an avid lover of literature, food, and music you can find her buried in a Baldwin classic, exploring a new ramen spot, or somewhere vibing to the hip-hop classics she grew up on.