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Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, a national nonprofit organization that educates, equips and empowers more than 50,000 faith-motivated advocates to work for systemic change and eliminate educational inequality.
A native of Detroit, Nicole learned about public school inequalities early in life. She also grew up in the African American church tradition, which inspired her to put her faith in action and work for social justice. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Nicole joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade in Compton, California. She received her Doctorate in Urban Education Policy from UCLA. She has worked for several national education nonprofits including Teach For America, where she served as Vice President of Teacher Training and Support and led a national team of over 300 staff members.
Nicole has authored two books -- Educating All God’s Children and Schools In Crisis. She has appeared in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Politico and ABC News; her organization’s work has been featured in dozens of publications. Nicole is an Aspen Institute Education Fellow, a former Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow, a Praxis Fellow and speaks regularly at national conferences. Christianity Today Magazine named her one of the 50 Women Leaders Influencing the Church and Culture and the New Schools Venture Fund named her Entrepreneur To Watch.
Nicole serves on the board of several non-profits and is involved in local community organizations. She is a Fellow of the 7th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.