De Andrea Nichols

  • Community Engagement Manager, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • 2011


De Andrea Nichols is a social entrepreneur, museum educator, and communication designer. De helps creative changemakers bring their ideas to life. In addition to serving the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as its Community Engagement Manager, she is the Founder and Creative Director of social design organization, Civic Creatives, which organizes groups and communities to resolve critical social challenges using design thinking. She is also creator of Design Serves (D*Serve), a current Clinton Global Initiative project that teaches design skills and civic engagement to K-12 youth and helps them identify and actualize social change ideas in their neighborhoods. As well, her initaitives, United Story and FoodSpark, highlight and address prominent interests of communities using story and food-based social interventions. As an individual, De engages creatives, do-gooders, and start-ups as a public speaker and creative consultant, helping them unlock their creative capacity through graphic design, program development, web development, and strategic consulting. Nichols holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in social entrepreneurship and socio-economic development. She is a John B. Ervin Scholar, Brown Scholar, and Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Scholar, and her works have been supported by Clinton Global Initiative, Women’s Caucus for Art, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Ideas that Matters, StartingBloc Fellowship, Points of Light, TEDx, and Ashoka Changemakers.