National Team

Nichole Goldsmith

Executive Director

Nichole Goldsmith is a non-profit executive with expertise in consortium building, sustainability and STEM based education. She has led many successful programs and has an impressive track record of assessments, federal program management and national technical assistance. Nichole has fostered alliances with agencies, states, universities, corporations and organizations and has used those relationships to orchestrate various initiatives. 
Nichole started her career by designing and implementing sustainability programs in Southwestern PA.  Over the years she facilitated partnerships and alliances on a regional, state and national level in support of sustainability transportation and STEM.  Her previous work includes: Regional Director, FIRST (multi state), Executive Director, National RTAP, Program Director of the National Transit Resource Center and staff; Ex-Officio member of the National RTAP Program Board, United We Ride Ambassador for New York and Wisconsin, JARC Administrator for projects in Massachusetts, Michigan, Hawaii and Washington and Organizer of the National Consortium on the Coordination of Human Services Transportation
A national keynote speaker, facilitator, author and trainer; she brings 15 years of management experience.  In addition to providing technical assistance to cities, states and tribal nations she managed several regional robotics competitions, she coordinated volunteers and she provided training to agencies, communities, teachers, students, medical professionals and more. Products developed include an industry film; federal white papers, brochures and best practices; two interactive online libraries, various interactive CD-roms, videos, websites and online content; and several training modules.  
Ms. Goldsmith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University.

Brittany Bennett

Deputy Director

On the Leadership Team, Brittany serves as an Education Coordinator, where she asissts with the Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative (WPSI) and other undergraduate level education initiatives. She currently attends Smith College, a liberal arts women's college in Western Mass, as a senior studying Engineering Science. Her passions lie at the intersection of social justice, sustainability, and engineering, and she sees these disparate interests synthesizing in a career in engineering education. She hopes to radically change engineering pedagogy to train the next generation of engineers to be able to solve wicked sustainability problems. While not reading up on feminist ethics, Brittany is known to drink whole 12 oz brews of coffee at a time.