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Nicole Hamm


Community-driven leader and Jacksonville native

  • Former President of the Rotaract Club of Jacksonville Beaches
  • Former Senior Vice President of the Jacksonville Urban League Young Professionals
  • Experience in finance, systems implementation, and strategic planning

Nicole Hamm leads Blue Zones Project Jacksonville as the Executive Director. A Jacksonville native from a military family, Nicole is a community leader and organizer with professional experience in finance, systems implementation, and strategic planning.   

Most recently, she worked in finance and corporate supply chain management at Eastern Quality Foods, a multi-national food distribution company. She was also previously the President of the Rotaract Club of Jacksonville Beaches, the Senior Vice President of the Jacksonville Urban League Young Professionals; she currently serves on the boards of nonprofits Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (B.E.A.M.) and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Nicole was also a New Leaders Council Fellow and a JAX Chamber Hightower Fellow. 

Nicole is excited to lead Blue Zones Project because it combines her professional and personal purpose statements: to use her skills and gifts to raise the well-being and economic vitality of Jacksonville. 

Nicole studied business administration at Howard University. She enjoys volunteering, cooking, and exploring Jacksonville’s parks, river, and beaches with her friends and loved ones, including her dog Lil’ Daddy.




What’s your mantra or favorite famous quote?

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin

How do you downshift?

I like to downshift by exercising and watching a good movie on the couch with my dog.

What is your favorite Power 9 principle and why?

My favorite Power 9 principle is “Positive Pack.” Growing up, I always heard you are who your friends are, and as I got older I found that to be absolutely true. I am grateful to have people in my life that are not only role models but consistently have a positive impact on my life, hold me accountable, and provide immense support.

Share a life hack!

Stretch as soon as you get out of the shower!

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I love to coordinate my pens to match my outfit, so if I am wearing blue I will have a blue pen for the day.

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