Why She's Running:
Born and raised in Louisville, Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi is a product of JCPS and a proud JCPS parent with two teenagers who are served by the district.
After dropping out of school at the age of 15 to help take care of her baby sister during the day, and then returning a year later to complete her high school diploma at Jefferson County High School, Nicole has seen firsthand the disparities within the school system between students who have access to resources and those who don't.
Which is why Nicole is dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for all children. Nicole will be an advocate for all students, work to ensure equity over equality, and advocate for restorative justice practices across the board.
Who She Is:
From 2011-2015, Nicole co-facilitated a women’s abuse support group at Southeast Christian Church and volunteered as a mentor with Hosea’s House, a shelter for women and children in crisis. After listening to the challenges women faced in leaving abusive relationships, Nicole founded Building Hope, a non-profit organization to provide free, do-it-yourself home improvement, auto maintenance, and financial advising classes to women who have been abused or widowed in the Louisville area.
Nicole was named a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2014 and served on the Kentucky Chapter Executive Board as Alumni Chair and Interim Co-Director from 2015-2017. Nicole is a Life Entrepreneur trainer for New Leaders Council nationally, traveling to chapters across the country to train their new class of Fellows each January. Nicole also served as National Alumni Director from 2016-2017.
In 2015, Nicole completed Emerge Kentucky, a program that trains Democratic women to run for elected office, with hopes to serve her community on a larger scale someday.
Named One Church Louisville’s inaugural Director of Social Justice in 2016, Nicole committed to healing her community and creating a safe space for all by developing a curriculum focused on dismantling perceptions and revolutionizing our idea of loving others.
In 2014, Nicole was recognized by the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression for her work with organizing the National Moment of Silence after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
Nicole obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville and has presented original research at the Midwest Political Science Association’s national conference in Chicago, IL, on the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and its effects on TANF recipients attending four-year colleges and universities.