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Monroe Nichols is director of policy and partnerships for StriveTogether. In this role, he leads the strategy development for cultivating and supporting communities seeking to join the Cradle to Career Network.
Monroe’s work in the Network started in 2014, as a founding staff member at Cradle to Career Network member ImpactTulsa, where he served as chief operating officer. Prior to ImpactTulsa, Monroe served as an aide to Tulsa’s mayor, was chief of staff to a university president, managed statewide adult career development programs for the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technology Education, and directed business expansion programs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. Monroe has held two elected positions, first as a board of education member for Tulsa Technology Center, Oklahoma’s largest and oldest postsecondary vocational training institution. He currently serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Monroe holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Health care shares a special place in my heart. My mom spent over 20 years as a bone marrow and stem cell transplant nurse in Chicago. As in education, race is a strong predictor of future health outcomes. I feel driven to the work to redesign systems and structures that perpetuate these disparity gaps and inequitable outcomes.