Born in Chicago and a product of the public school system, Nicole R. Robinson has spent her career building bridges between communities, individuals and organizations. Today Nicole proudly serves as Vice President of Community Impact for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food to hungry people, while striving to end hunger.
Through a network of 700 partner organizations, Nicole collaborates with communities to make nutritious food accessible to families across Chicago. In her role, she is responsible for strategic program partnerships and innovation, workforce development, public benefit outreach, public policy, research and community engagement.
Prior to the Food Depository she served as the senior director of community involvement and foundation president for Mondelēz International leading community programs designed to provide good nutrition and improve public health. These award-winning programs spanned the globe, touching five continents, while reaching underserved and underrepresented communities.
She has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and variety of multinational NGOs, including CARE, Save the Children and INMED Partnerships for Children. During her tenure at Mondelez International, Nicole led her colleagues to participate in an unprecedented service effort, which inspired over 26,000 employees across 80 countries to volunteer.
Nicole is personally committed to civic engagement serving on the Center for Economic Progress board, an organization committed to community financial empowerment and reducing economic inequity. She has previously been a thought partner to other community based, national and global organizations. Aligned with her interest in international affairs, Nicole was an Emerging Leader Fellowship with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and to promote local philanthropy she most recently became a founding member of Chicago’s first-ever South Side Giving Circle focused on reducing inequities faced by black women and girls.