Nicole Love Hendrickson.
I spent more than 2 decades in the public service arena. Upon arriving to Gwinnett County in 2006, I have devoted my time and career serving the community in a variety of capacities.
She has built a 15+ year career serving the Gwinnett Community in many capacities. She has always had a heart for service which led her to her to work in the education, non-profit, and public sectors. Through those experiences, she learned that the communities’ greatest asset is and always will be its people. Communities thrive when their people thrive. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that communities have their basic needs met through education, advocacy, leadership development and policy change. When Nicole is not busy being an advocate in the community, she enjoys spending time with her Husband and son. Every decision she has made in life, has always centered on creating a future for her son and building a thriving community that he will be proud to call home.
In Gwinnett, cultural traditions and business practices from around the world blend to create one of the strongest local economies in the state of Georgia. As the most diverse county in the southeastern United States, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners led by Chairman Charlotte Nash, saw the opportunity to establish the county’s first outreach program. The community outreach program is designed to engage residents of all backgrounds to be more involved in the Gwinnett’s mission to build a more unified community. The initiative to unify a global community of more than 900,000 residents required a forward-thinking leader who took creative measures when addressing inclusion and diversity. In early 2015, County leaders found these transformative leadership qualities in Nicole Hendrickson. Nicole was appointed as the Community Outreach Program Director in 2015. In her short tenure, she commissioned the County’s first ever comprehensive program that provides a platform for citizens all across Gwinnett to connect and engage with their government. She founded the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, Dinner & Dialogue, and the Gwinnett Youth Commission. Nicole is also known as a Bridge Builder and thought leader in reaching and engaging underserved and underutilized communities. She has played a significant role in bridging our very diverse constituents to opportunities where they can engage and interact with their leaders and gaining access to decision-making arenas. Nicole spent the bulk of her career in the non-profit setting. Prior to her role with County Government, Nicole has served as the Associate Director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a position she held for 8 years. In that capacity, Nicole spearheaded the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute; providing grassroots community leadership development training to residents in Gwinnett and she led the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service which is known as one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country. Nicole has earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, where she was born and raised, and earned her graduate degree in Social Work, from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!!!
Nicole is actively involved in the community, serving in a variety of capacities with the following organizations.
Rotary Club of Gwinnett County
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Gwinnett Community Board
United Way Gwinnett Advisory Board
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Charter member of the One Region Steering Committee
Past Chairman for the Gwinnett Young Professionals Board of Directors
100 Black Men Trailblazer Award
Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Unity Award
2018 Georgia Trend Top 40 Under 40
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award
Gwinnett Business Journals’ Top 35 Under 35 Young Professionals