C. Nicole Mason is an associate professor at The George Warren School of Social Work at Cornell University. She also serves as a project coordinator for the Global Gender Gap Network at the Institute for Women’s Global Education. C. Nicole Mason has been vocal about the need for social change and championing the rights of women around the world. She has been quoted in numerous publications, including her own books and in numerous articles in prominent news publications including The New York Times, CNN, and The Nation.
C. Nicole Mason has been the director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest in the past two decades. Her writing and speaking have appeared in numerous major newspapers and news outlets including MSNBC, CNN, The Nation, Essence magazine, and many others. She is widely recognized as a leading public interest and social change advocate. In her role as director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, she has successfully promoted issues that include combating domestic violence against women, protecting children and vulnerable populations, and combating poverty and hunger.
C. Nicole Mason has also been keynote speakers at several distinguished organizations including the National Women’s History Museum and Library, the American Association for Housewives, the American Sustainable Business Association, and the Leadership Institute. She served as an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Benilde in Maine for five years before pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences, focusing on Critical Studies in Social Science. Following her doctorate, she served as the communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, and then executive director of its international affiliate, International Association of Social Justice. She has also served as the communications director for Colorlines, a nonprofit organization that offers Internet-based news coverage on topics of special interest to African Americans and other communities of color. Dr. Mason has also been profiled in numerous national publications, including “New York Times Magazine” and “USA Today.”
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Throughout her career, Nicole Mason has held key executive positions at some of the nation’s most prestigious companies, including Pepsi, Washington Mutual, Wal-mart, AT&T, Geico, and CitiBank. She has also served as the principal deputy director and controller for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and served as a commissioner for the California State University system. In these various capacities, she has seen a tremendous expansion of opportunity for millions of people. As an entrepreneur and businesswoman, she has seen both success and failure, but has always remained optimistic in her outlook and strategy. Her personal magnetism and winning personality have allowed her to climb the ladder of success in a manner no other women in history.
While working as an investment banker in New York, she developed an intense passion for providing economic security for young girls and men of all backgrounds. Her lifelong goal has been to see her son achieve the same level of success. Now, as the president and CEO of the Anti-Racism foundation, she has accomplished that goal. She is today the proudest of mothers to be, and she would like to see her son take that same path as she did. Her books, ” Born Bright,” “Thinking Big,” “How We Are Winning the War on Fear,” and her memoir, ” Patriot” are her words of wisdom, and her vision for the future of her son and our nation.