joined the City of Cleveland in February 2008
after serving seventeen years at Cuyahoga County, where she was the Assistant Director
of Economic Development for her last four years.
Since joining the City, Nichols has led her team to complete
over 560 projects that will create over 11,800 new jobs and retain over 8,000
jobs. Her efforts have resulted in $146.8
million in new grants or pass-through loan funding. Her team has been recognized for innovative
projects both locally and nationally with awards from Inside Business, Housing
and Urban Development, International Economic Development Council and the
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. She has been invited to speak at national
conferences including the Clinton Global Initiative, National League of Cities,
National Brownfields Conference, International Economic Development Council and
the Initiative for Competitive Inner Cities Conference.
Nichols is well known for creating new, innovative programs,
such as the Vacant Property Initiative,
which has resulted in over 2.6 million square feet of space in vacant buildings
and 85 acres of vacant land being returned to productive use, creating and
retaining over 5,900 jobs.
Nichols has a degree in Business Management, concentrating
in Accounting and Finance, from Case Western Reserve University and has the
National Development Council’s certification as an Economic Development Finance
Professional. In 2010, she was presented
with the Cleveland Foundation’s Homer
Wadsworth Award for excellence in public service. As a member of Mayor Frank Jackson’s cabinet,
she continues to work on the City’s cluster based and place based economic
development strategies to bring new investment and jobs to the City of
We are committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing the diversity of our citizens, and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow old.