Laura Nicks is a committed human rights advocate and an extraordinary person overall. She has years of experience in management, and excels in conflict resolution, multi-tasking, and problem solving. She has repeatedly been promoted, recognized for her people-skills, supervisory experience, and her ability to improve internal systems to increase efficiency and outcomes. She is also a skilled and sought after public speaker, and has presented at national conferences, corporate events, universities and to legislators.
Laura is also an active and dedicated volunteer with numerous organizations and initiatives in her community, designed to support women, children, and families. Through this work she has helped establish housing programs, run gift drives, and support children of incarcerated parents. Her contributions to these efforts are highly valued; she has been praised and repeatedly given increasing responsibility. She is a compassionate and warm individual, who radiates joy and positivity.
Laura dreams of a career where she can utilize her advocacy skills to continue to affect progressive and transformative change in systems and communities. She hopes to blend her extensive managerial skills with her non-profit and legislative connections, her passion for reform, and her natural leadership skills.
Through education and work experience, Laura has developed proficiency in:
- Management: all aspects of departmental oversight and facilitation, and supervising;
- Volunteerism: dedicated community volunteer;
- Advocacy and Public Speaking: speaking engagements, legislative testimony;
- Trusted tutor, mentor, and teacher: taught classes on community reentry and surviving abuse; literacy tutor for reading and writing; mentored countless women;
- Co-Founder: of two advocacy organizations supporting human rights.
- Manager: leads the Environmental Services Department at a large entertainment venue where she orders supplies and equipment; manages internal scheduling; hires, onboards and supervises staff; and manages payroll;
- Supervisor: direct supervisor for a staff of 42;
- Special training: pandemic hygiene and industrial cleaning;
- Non-profit Advocacy: criminal justice reform and community betterment;
- Fellowship Recipient: selected from 90 applicants;
- Legislative Advocacy: informs and helps draft bills; testifies on criminal justice reform;
- Regional Connector for ICAN: connects and supports ICAN members with resources, each other, and opportunities for professional and personal development.
Laura entered the penal system as a child at age 17. She served 32 years before her release in 2017. She triumphed over unimaginable circumstances in prison, becoming a powerful voice in helping empower and uplift others. Her past ignited a passion in her, and she has spent more than 20 years giving back to improve the future.
In her free time, Laura likes to spend time with her family, embark on road trips, and play with her dog.