photo of Nichole Lopez, a woman with light brown skin and black hair in a braid, smiling widely in front of water and a hillside

Nichole Lopez

Director, ELP Core Fellowship Programs


Nichole (she/her) is the Director of Core Fellowship Programs, and a Senior Fellow of the PNW Regional Network (2021). She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has a love for rainy days. She believes in the magic of community and relationship as a guide to meeting people where they are. She puts the relationship first to make room for multiple truths.

Nichole is a cultural contributor to this role and brings a mix of skills built through working in a range of settings including grassroots nonprofits that blend trauma-informed principles into program development. She also has a strong financial background developed through her time at a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on equity building in the Pacific Northwest. Nichole works in dynamic ways to foster change, and sees joy in finding multiple paths to achieve creative solutions centering community’s needs. She joined ELP's staff in January, 2023.