Nicole E. Harris-Crest, a proud Baltimore native and longtime city resident, has dedicated her life and career to serving others, whether through mentoring youth, fighting to end street violence or working to clean up city streets. That commitment led to her decision to seek election as the city’s next 4th District Councilwoman.
Nicole believes in the power of community collaboration. With unwavering conviction and perseverance, Nicole has and will continue to work to create safer neighborhoods, invest to build better schools and restore communities through neighborhood revitalization, because “Our Future Starts Today!”
Rooted in Public Service
During the summer of 1997 — when she was just 12 — Nicole spent her school break knocking on doors and addressing constituent concerns alongside her father, two-term 4th District Councilman Kenneth N. Harris, Sr. She also distinctly recalls helping her mother, a public school teacher, decorate her 5th-grade classroom, where she taught students with learning disabilities for 15 years. These experiences shaped Nicole’s commitment to public service and enabled her to build effective leadership skills and sharpen her vision for a brighter Baltimore.
But even Nicole’s unique upbringing could not help her escape the harsh reality of living in one of the country’s most violent cities.
Upon losing her father to gun violence in 2008, Nicole experienced firsthand the devastating impact that violence has on both families and communities. Through her grief, the tragedy fueled Nicole’s passion and future advocacy. Nicole has since been a tireless advocate for victims of crime and gun reform, testified before the Maryland General Assembly in favor of more stringent gun laws and published opinion editorials on gun violence. Nicole understands the importance of building a future for our families, one where they can live, work and play safely.
From Tragedy to Triumph
Determined to disrupt the cycle of violence in Baltimore, Nicole joined the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (“SAO”) in 2018 as the Chief of External Affairs. In this role, Nicole continues her efforts to advocate on behalf of victims and witnesses of crime, educate the community regarding the criminal justice system and create preventive measures to reduce crime.
Prior to joining the SAO, Nicole was the Executive Director of the Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools (“MAPCS”). Having lost her father at the hands of youth, Nicole consistently emphasizes the need for quality education, mentorship and resources to thwart the development of adults who become criminals. Her work with MAPCS included advocating on behalf of school system policies and state laws to provide more Baltimore City students with quality educational options.
Nicole’s experience extends beyond the criminal justice system, education and nonprofit sectors. As a former litigation attorney to the regional law firm Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., Nicole represented Fortune 500 clients, and managed difficult and challenging cases and legal issues. Her ability to overcome challenges is a gift that extends into both her personal and professional life. A magna cum lade graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Nicole has the same grit, determination and willpower of many Baltimoreans. As such, she is determined to improve the quality of life for all Baltimore residents, especially those in the 4th District, an area in which she proudly calls home.
Nicole is a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church, and resides in the Pen Lucy community of northeast Baltimore with her husband and their two children.