First Friday Breakfast August - Nicole Love Hendrickson
Nicole Love Hendrickson
Chairwoman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Nicole Love Hendrickson was elected chairwoman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2020, making her the first African American to hold this position. Prior to her election, she was the founding director the Gwinnett County Community Outreach program engaging diverse constituents in county government. After joining the County in 2015, she launched several community-based initiatives, including the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and the Gwinnett Youth Commission. Before her tenure with the County, Nicole served as the associate director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services for eight years.
She has served on the boards of the United Way Gwinnett Community Board, the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Aurora Theatre. She also served on the Children's Healthcare Community Board from 2013 to 2020 and chaired the board of the Gwinnett Young Professionals from 2017 to 2019. Nicole is a member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, having held the positions of treasurer and public image chair.
Nicole is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, a 2016 graduate of the ARC's Regional Leadership Institute, and a 2016 graduate of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber's Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute.
Nicole was the recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award in 2017, and Georgia Trend named her one of the state's Top 40 Under 40 in 2018. In the following year, she received the Trailblazer Award from the 100 Black Men of Metro Atlanta.Nicole earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia. A native of Rhode Island, Nicole moved to Gwinnett County in 2008. She currently resides in Lilburn with her husband and their son.