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Nicole Weissman

Nicole Weissman

Senior Communications Manager

Incarceration, policing, structural racism, criminal justice reform—the issues we study are the same issues families across the country are talking about at their dinner tables. The onus is on us to meet those people halfway and share our research with them, and with community organizers and local policymakers. When we get the communications right, we don’t just inform and elevate the debate here in Washington—we enrich conversations everywhere.


Nicole Weissman, senior communications manager for the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, crafts the center’s messages and leads dissemination for its full range of research products. In elevating the center’s scholars as spokespeople and coordinating with media, she seeks to grow the range of audiences that engage with Urban’s work on criminal justice.

Before joining Urban, Weissman was a nonprofit strategist, developing and executing projects on behalf of the Smithsonian, Greenpeace, the National Air and Space Museum, and Perception Institute, among others. She developed expertise in supporting the creation of new nonprofits, as well as managing nonprofit partnerships and coalitions. Earlier in her career, Weissman worked in the social impact practice of a large communications agency, where she executed communications strategies on behalf of over a dozen nonprofits and foundations.

A native Washingtonian, Weissman earned her BA with service honors from Washington University in St. Louis before returning to DC. She earned a graduate certificate in sports philanthropy from the George Washington University School of Business and blogged for the Washington Post on DC sports teams’ community relations and philanthropy initiatives.

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Justice Policy Center


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