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Issue One announces Nicole Lagace as its new communications director

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Cory Combs

Director of Media Relations

Issue One is excited to welcome Nicole Lagace as its new Communications Director, where she will lead a growing communications team that is fighting to strengthen U.S. democracy, protect our elections, and address the negative mental, civic, and public health impacts of social media in America.

Nicole comes to Issue One with more than twenty years of senior-level experience as a nonprofit and public service leader. Most recently, she served as senior advisor and chief of information for Rhode Island’s former Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, where she managed all external and internal communications and drove cross-cutting major initiatives on government transparency, improved civic literacy, and voter education.

“Issue One is thrilled to have Nicole Lagace join our crosspartisan mission to bolster U.S. elections, build a healthier digital information environment for our democracy, and modernize Congress,” said Founder and CEO Nick Penniman. “With years of valuable experience working with election administrators from both sides of the aisle, Nicole is uniquely qualified to take our advocacy efforts to the next level as we continue to build a democracy that works for everyone.”

Before working for the Rhode Island Department of State, Nicole was the executive director of HousingWorks RI, where she led efforts to raise public awareness about the importance of affordable housing to Rhode Island’s economy. She was also the director of public relations for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and began her career as a canvasser for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

Nicole resides in Providence, Rhode Island with her family.

Issue One is the leading crosspartisan political reform group in Washington, D.C. We unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system, strengthen U.S. elections, address the harms that social media is having on our democracy, limit the influence of big money over politics, and improve the ability of Congress to solve problems.