Nicole is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student and Centennial Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and has committed her career to addressing U.S. health disparities and shaping how health care is provided to communities most in need. After earning an MPH in health management and policy at the University of Michigan, she spent nearly four years at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving on the Obama administration’s leadership team responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In her first appointment she was the advisor to the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and in subsequent roles she coordinated public affairs and communications related to the ACA. She then served as the primary advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for minority health at the HHS Office of Minority Health. In her last role at HHS, she advised Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ senior advisor on healthcare.gov, helping to provide critical management and oversight to the website’s performance in enrolling millions of Americans in health insurance.