Nicole Surber | Freedom House

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Nicole Surber

Chief Development Officer

Nicole Surber was appointed Chief Development Officer of Freedom House in September 2017.  With more than 20 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, she most recently served as Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  At Pew, Nicole managed a portfolio of her own and was responsible for a team of 14 frontline fundraisers representing all of Pew’s core programmatic areas (environment, domestic policy programs, and the Pew Research Center) with annual philanthropic revenue of more than $50 million.  Prior to Pew, Nicole worked as the inaugural Director of Partnerships at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she oversaw a small team raising more than $20 million a year from U.S. and European governments, individuals, corporations, and foundations.  Her early career endeavors included stints at the League of Conservation Voters, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Henry L. Stimson Center.  Skilled in all aspects of fundraising and external relations including special events, Nicole knew in early adolescence that she wanted to make a career in fundraising/nonprofit management and has never looked back! 

Nicole has a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Mother to a young daughter and the wife of a fellow fundraiser, Nicole enjoys knitting, running, traveling, and cooking in her spare time.