Nicole McAllister Vermeer is the Director of Advancement of the UCLA Ziman Center where she oversees the organization's development, external affairs and corporate strategy initiatives.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Ms. Vermeer was the Vice President of Development and External Affairs of the Pacific Council on International Policy, an international membership-based think tank affiliated with the University of Southern California. Ms. Vermeer was directly responsible for the expansion, strategy and oversight of the Council's development and external affairs activities including affiliate giving and fundraising campaigns, strategic partnerships, programs, membership and marketing communications. With her leadership, the Pacific Council realized unprecedented success in raising sustaining and major gifts, diversified its revenue stream, and experienced a significant increase in membership.
Prior to joining the Pacific Council on International Policy, Ms. Vermeer was the Executive Director of Development and External Affairs of the USC Lusk Center, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Southern California. She was an instrumental member of the Lusk Center leadership team contributing significantly to the funding and expansion of the Center with responsibility for operations, development and external affairs of the Center and its subsidiary programs. During her tenure, she helped to secure over $20 million in funding for operations and endowed programs, dramatically increased Center membership, forged strategic alliances with several public and private organizations, and helped to raise the national visibility of the Center's research, academic and educational programs.
Before arriving at USC, Ms. Vermeer developed affordable housing and led community programs in the non-profit sector where she managed all phases of real estate development from acquisition through occupancy.
Ms. Vermeer earned an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and holds a Masters in Urban Planning with honors from UCLA. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning, and is active with various industry and nonprofit organizations, including the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and currently serves as Vice Chair of Affordable Housing for the Aging.