Director, Development and Communications
As Director of Development and Communications, Nicole Shaffer-Thomas leads institutional development and public relations for BES, managing fundraising and communications to support and expand BES leadership development and charter school opportunities nationwide. Prior to joining BES, Nicole worked on external relations for Rhode Island’s Race to the Top application and initiatives, communicating with districts, teachers, political leaders, the business community, and families about the state’s strategic education reform agenda. Nicole began her career in education in Washington, DC managing communications and media relations at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Nicole received an M.A. in International Communication from American University and a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University.