With a relentless dedication to improving the lives of others, Nichol Whiteman is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) where she leads the team's charitable arm. Under her leadership, LADF launched Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) serving over 10,000 youth. As part of its commitment to southern California communities, the Foundation nears the completion of its 50th Dodgers Dreamfield, created a benefit gala, and increased fundraising by 1,000% with Nichol at the helm.
With a degree in Economics from Spelman College, Nichol was the first in her family to graduate from college and has a passion for education, equity, and diversity. Her unwavering dedication resulted in positions in investment management and publishing before beginning a philanthropic career as VP, Western Region of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. As a child of Jamaican immigrants "in search of a dream," she frequently highlights the power of a diversity in advocating for resources and opportunities for marginalized populations.
As an African American woman in Major League Baseball, Nichol understands the importance of access. She uses her resources to open doors and opportunities for youth regardless of their roots. In addition to her professional achievements, she mentors countless men and women who she meets in the community. She also mentors her own team of six full-time employees, 16 part-time associates, and 30 staffers who lead game-day promotions.
The New York native has been recognized throughout the industry for her exceptional contributions having earned the Anti-Defamation League's 2018 Deborah Award, Ebony Magazine's 2017 Woman Up Award, and The Pink Tea Rose Foundation's 2017 Progressive Leadership Award to name a few. In 2010, Nichol received the Woman of Inspiration Award presented by The Wave. She was also honored by the National Urban League Young Professionals of Los Angeles and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for her philanthropic and professional endeavors.
A member of the 2012 Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association's Go Red Campaign, she also serves on the Women's Leadership Council and supports Women in Sports and Entertainment. Nichol holds positions on the advisory boards of Covington Capital Management, A Better Chance, Inc., New Teacher Center, and The Positive Results Corporation. Additionally, she sits on the board of Positive Coaching Alliance.
With a firm belief that each person has the power to positively impact a life, Nichol continues to inspire as she fights for young people to realize their dreams.