NIKKI BEINSTEIN, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
A Manhattan native, Nicole ("Nikki") Beinstein now lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her two children. An avid traveler, she has also lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, and Florence, Italy. In her last year of college, Nikki co-founded a theatre company where she produced, directed, wrote and acted in both dramatic and comedic pieces. After graduation, she began working as a research assistant at a fertility clinic in Brooklyn, New York while attending pre-med classes at Columbia University. Eventually she became the Project Manager for an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Center, which lead to her acceptance to graduate business school. She then worked in several other industries (management consulting, finance, retail banking, technology, communications and nonprofit development), but it wasn't until she began teaching that she realized her passion for education and social justice. She has most recently worked as a lead middle school instructor at a tiny K-8 rural charter school. With a Colorado teacher's license specializing in English Language Arts for Grades 7-12, she has also taught Sustainable Business as an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College.
Nikki holds a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and MBA, with a focus in Finance and Strategy, from the Yale School of Management where she was nominated by her classmates as their student commencement speaker. In addition, Nikki is a published and award-winning author, most notably for a photographic memoir about her co-author George Stranahan entitled Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament, which won a Colorado Book Award in 2009. Her self-published book The Middle World is a young adult chapter book, a mixed genre of historical fiction and magic realism. Nikki was the lead editor for A Predicament of Innocents, a collection of essays and photographs by long-time progressive educator and photographer George Stranahan, which explores the art of teaching, the minds of children, and how the current educational infrastructure stifles the growth of both.