Julie Klipp Nicholson Named Chief Operating Officer

(November 2018) The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce that Julie Klipp Nicholson, an attorney and nonprofit executive, will join the staff as Chief Operating Officer. Klipp Nicholson will start work at the end of the year.

Julie Klipp Nicholson; photo by Michael Oppenheim

Most recently, Klipp Nicholson served as the Coordinator of the Buncombe County Family Justice Center, an innovative and collaborative model that brings together law enforcement, nonprofit service providers and government services to support victims of domestic and sexual violence. Prior to this role, she was a Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services where she represented victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil legal matters, advocated for systemic policy change in issues impacting women and children living in poverty, and managed the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Klipp Nicholson graduated from UNC School of Law and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from UNC School of Social Work in 2006. She earned her degree in Political Science from UNC Asheville in 2002. She is a recipient of the Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

"CFWNC's recent growth highlighted our need to add a staff person at the management level," said CFWNC President Elizabeth Brazas. "A thorough search led us to the right person. We know Julie through her work at the Family Justice Center and Pisgah Legal Services. Her background, nonprofit knowledge and passion for helping others make her a natural fit for our team. We look forward to her contributions to CFWNC and the wider community."