Patricia Moore Nicholas, program officer in the International Program, focuses on grantmaking across a range of peace and security issues. She developed and implemented the Corporation’s grantmaking program on biological weapons nonproliferation, including a partnership of grantees and funding organizations that produced scientifically competent experts versed in policy formation regarding biosecurity. She remains involved in the Corporation’s nuclear weapons grantmaking and can call on years of experience with those in the nonproliferation field. Currently, much of her grantmaking focus is Russia.
Nicholas has longstanding familiarity and interest in the nonprofit sector. She has served as cochair of the Peace and Security Funders Group — an international affinity association of foundations, charitable trusts, and philanthropists who fund in the field — and has contributed regularly to the group Women in International Security. She helped establish the International Grantmakers Network of Philanthropy New York, a regional association of grantmakers, and currently sits on the IGN Steering Committee. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for the New York–based Center for Nonprofit Success and takes part in the annual mentoring activities of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group to promote the global engagement and participation of women in international affairs. Nicholas’s early experience in the nonprofit arena was in the performing arts, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Chelsea Theater Center, and the theatrical labor union for directors.
Nicholas has studied at Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She earned a Master in Public Administration from Marist College and an undergraduate degree from Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, in New York City.