Chief Program Officer
Nichelle Holder is the Chief Program Officer for the BRICK Education Network.
Nichelle’s current role includes board development, fundraising, program management, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining BEN, Nichelle was the first Chief Service Officer for the City of Newark and led a
collaborative effort to develop and implement a comprehensive citywide volunteer service plan. With more than 20 years of management experience in philanthropy and nonprofit, Nichelle has effectively brokered needed social services to under-resourced schools, communities and various organizations devoted to youth
development and empowerment.
Nichelle began her career at The City Kids Foundation, an arts organization that trains and supports young people to become agents of change. She then became a Project Director at Communities in Schools of Newark, an affiliate of the largest national dropout prevention organization and was promoted to Managing Director, supervising 8 Project Directors. Nichelle also served as a Program Officer of The MCJ Amelior Foundation, where she oversaw and managed $10 million in annual giving.
Nichelle holds a bachelors of arts in English and African-American studies from Columbia University.