Chief Partnership & Programs Officer
Born in Chicago and a product of the public school system, Nicole R. Robinson has spent her career building bridges between communities, individuals, and corporations. Today Nicole proudly serves as VP of Community Impact for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She leads the Food Depository’s partnerships with community organizations to address the root causes of hunger and provide nutritious food for people in need across Cook County.
Prior to joining the Food Depository, Nicole served as head of the Mondelēz International Foundation funding community programs designed to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. These award-winning programs spanned the globe, touching five continents, while reaching underserved and underrepresented neighborhoods. She has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and a variety of multinational NGOs, including CARE, Save the Children and INMED Partnerships for Children.
Most notably, Nicole has been a tremendous champion for food justice, encouraging others to get involved. To give voice to this issue, Nicole testified at a congressional subcommittee hearing considering the establishment of a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition. During her tenure at Mondelēz International, Nicole led her colleagues to participate in an unprecedented service effort—Global Volunteer Month—which inspired over 26,000 employees across 80 countries to volunteer.
Nicole personally serves communities in a variety of ways and is currently completing an Emerging Leader Fellowship with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is an alumnus of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Deborah’s Place and Forefront’s board of directors.