Nicky Grist is Senior Director for Evaluation at the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP), a national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating marital status discrimination from law and policy.
Trained and experienced in both public policy analysis and grassroots organizing, Grist can speak about legal and economic institutions and their effects on people’s lives.
Ms. Grist graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and holds a masters degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University as well as an executive certificate from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Before joining AtMP in 2005, she worked for 18 years in local and federal government, foundations, research institutions and community-based non-profits in New York City and Nairobi, Kenya.
Ms. Grist has made dozens of personal media appearances, including TV (MSNBC, CNN, local ABC and NBC stations), radio (Wisconsin Public Radio, XM and Sirius specialty shows, et al.), and print (USA Today, Associated Press, Human Resources Magazine, Sacramento Bee, Forbes, et al.).