Mobile for Education Alliance
Director of Engagement
Play and Technology for Lifelong Learning
Nicole Carney is not new to the world of education nonprofits, but working for one with a specific focus of technology was not an opportunity she would have imagined when she first began her career journey. She is now a passionate advocate of education technology and ensuring that learning is accessible to all.
She graduated from Chestnut Hill College with her bachelorâ€™s degree in Communications. During that time she interned, and later worked for, a marketing firm that represented nonprofits and foundations. It was also during college that Nicole had her first experience overseas, spending a summer at a Tanzanian school as a tutor and proctor.
Later Nicole would go on to teach in Thailand and volunteer as an English language instructor in a childrenâ€™s center in Nepal. Upon returning to the U.S. Nicole served two years as an AmeriCorps member in the United Way network and worked on both education and economic development projects. Additionally, she has also traveled to Rwanda on behalf of an impact investor to survey agricultural cooperatives.
Nicole went on to pursue a Masterâ€™s in International Education at George Washington University. With a research focus on education in emergencies, Nicole applied to the Virtual Student Federal Internship with USAID in 2019 as an Education Technology Intern. This placement happened to be supporting the mEducation Alliance and her supervisor was none other than the founder, Tony Bloome. She saw this internship as an opportunity to learn more about the role of technology in the continuity of learning when traditional education settings are not available. Little did she (or the rest of the world) know that a global pandemic would make her area of interest a reality.
Finishing her masterâ€™s in 2020, Nicole was honored to continue working for the mEducation Alliance as a full-time staff member, first as the Communications Lead and now as the Director of Engagement.”