Nicole joined EWG in August 2015, bringing more than 10 years of non-profit finance, accounting, human resources and operations experience. She served most recently as staff accountant and procurement specialist for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Nicole is enthusiastic about EWG’s policy, consumer advocacy and education missions regarding healthy food, products, people and the environment. She attributes her passion for supporting science and environmental projects to growing up near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, enjoying time at the beach, swimming, boating and sailing, as well as an interest in the critters that live there. Nicole also enjoys organic gardening, theater, reading non-fiction and spending time with her longtime partner, their puppy and three cats. She holds a B.A. in government and politics, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she focused on political philosophy and American politics.