Nicole joins Arboretum Ventures from Baird Capital, where she was a managing director and partner, having co-led the team’s healthcare investments since 2013. Prior to Baird, Nicole was an investment director at Abbott Ventures and Abbott Biotech Ventures, helping to stand up the original investment organization for the corporation. Nicole began her career as a process engineer with Advanced Cardiovascular Systems/Guidant, where she spent ten years advancing through increasing roles of responsibility in product development, marketing, and strategy.
Nicole is proud to serve as an advisor to Springboard Enterprises, an accelerator program dedicated to building high-growth, technology-oriented companies led by women, to the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council – MATTER Chicago, and to Women in Bio – Chicago. Additionally, she serves as a board director with the National Venture Capital Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Mid-America Healthcare Investor Network, and Minnesota Medical Alley. Nicole has been recognized as one of the industry’s most active and engaged investors by “The Tech Crunch List 2020” and by Crain’s Chicago Business “Tech 50” for 2018 and 2016.
Nicole holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and completed dual degrees in management and operations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.