Nicki (she/they) is the Executive Director and Founder of QUEERSPACE collective, an organization committed to creating space for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe and empowered to be their true selves. They have been providing leadership in both for-profit and non-profit spaces for over 20 years and have a diverse background in strategic partnerships, business development, program oversight, and financial management. Prior to launching QUEERSPACE collective, Nicki worked in the field of International Development designing and implementing system-focused agricultural programs across the globe. Nicki also worked at Minnesota Public Radio, as an accountant and financial analyst, and prior to that was a Special Educational Assistant at Minneapolis Public Schools.
Nicki earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas – Opus College of Business.
Nicki grew up in South Minneapolis surrounded by a vibrant LGBTQ+ community and currently lives in North Minneapolis with her wife and two amazing kids. They are passionate about serving their community, advocating for the rights of all humans, and creating lasting impact locally and globally.