Nicole Harburger


Nicole is an award-winning communications strategist with 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, politics, and social good.

As Chief Operating Officer at Whiteboard Advisors, Nicole designs and leads strategic communications campaigns for high-growth companies and innovative nonprofits. A specialist in social impact communications, Nicole is passionate about creating strategies that help mission-driven organizations share their values and tell their stories. Nicole’s focus extends internally to people operations and scaling the firm’s communications services and portfolio. A supporter of the #DCTech community, Nicole serves as a mentor and coach to local early-stage businesses who are marrying their business goals with their other bottom line: doing good.

Nicole joins Whiteboard Advisors after a decade-long tenure leading teams and client portfolios at the strategic communications and advertising agency GMMB. There, Nicole directed award-winning work for AARP’s “Create the Good” multi-generational community service digital platform; managed multi-year award-winning campaigns on consumer-driven innovation and distracted driving for The Wireless Association; and helped startups as well as major brands, including United Technologies, Visa, GoodWorld, and CleanCapital, express their purpose-driven identities.

Nicole’s approach to strategic communications is shaped by her experience developing compelling, creative, issue-based communications campaigns for elected officials and candidates for public office. While at GMMB, and as one of the few women to serve in this capacity industry-wide, Nicole advised Members of Congress and candidates, as well as state and national political organizations. Earlier in her career, Nicole worked closely with numerous Governors as Director of Communications for the Democratic Governors Association. Prior to DGA, Nicole was a Capitol Hill Press Secretary and held several senior campaign roles. She received a B.A. in history and political science from Georgetown University.