By Roadtrip Nation

Nicole Goines


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I’ve had a strong love for helping people and improving my community from a young age.
After high school, I ran for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, a group of elected officials focused on mitigating hyperlocal issues.
My experience with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission as well as an internship with Congressman Chris Van Hollen gave me great first-hand insight into civic engagement and the legislative process.
I continued to gain government experience through legislative internships, campaign work, and organizing roles.
I eventually joined the Federal City Council, where I worked to improve the District of Columbia through my roles in operations and communications.
After a few years with the Federal City Council, I took on a role as an outreach and services specialist for the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services.
Those experiences in communications and outreach supported my transition to public-facing roles with the Department of Energy and Environment.
I joined the Department of Energy and Environment as a public relations specialist and now work as acting public information officer.
Keep following my journey


Acting Public Information Officer

I oversee the communications and engagement for energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Always think local first. Find a civic association local to you that matches whatever cause you want to add your voice to. You can find meetups—whether at City Hall or in a church basement—with people who have the same values as you to get your foot in the door. If you're interested in environmental causes, for example, try finding a meetup that organizes community clean-ups. I also suggest attend meetings with your elected officials.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't fail. I need to get this right. What am I doing here?"