Dr. Nicole Norfles currently serves in the capacity of Director, Program Practice and Innovation at the Council for Opportunity in Education. She previously served as the Education Program Officer with the Oprah Winfrey Foundation where she was involved with supporting education program initiatives in South Africa and worked with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Prior to that role, she served as a Policy Consultant with Casey Family Programs where she focused on issues affecting youth and children in foster care. However, a large portion of her education and policy experience in Washington, DC was as Special Assistant to the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education and Fellow in the PELL INSTITUTE for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education where she advanced research on issues surrounding educational opportunity for low-income and first-generation students.
Dr. Norfles has co-taught a South Africa study abroad course with Michigan State University and courses in educational foundations, leadership and supervision while at the George Washington University. She has presented on numerous national and international conferences, as well as authored various reports and publications. Dr. Norfles received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration in 2002 from The George Washington University in Washington, D. C.