Interview with TMA’s Nicki Fiocco: Reflections on Leadership Maryland and a Career in Service

(Frederick, MD) - In February 2024, Nicki Fiocco, Transform Mid-Atlantic Director of Programs and Communications, was named as one of 52 executives in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors to participate in the 2024 cohort of Leadership Maryland's Executive Program. This is the 31st class of leaders in Maryland to participate in this year-long professional development program.

"I feel incredibly proud that Nicki was selected to join Leadership Maryland," says TMA Executive Director Madeline Yates, herself an alumna of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2009. "Since Nicki joined our team in January 2023, her energy and enthusiasm for creating and connecting have propelled our network's mission forward. Her continuous interest in deepending her own knowledge and skills - and the capacity of our organization - are infectious, and I am beyond excited that Leadership Maryland will create new opportunities for her to develop her abilities as a leader, and for her cohort colleagues to learn from her, as well."

Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland was initially an affiliate of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Since 1997, it has been an independent 501(c)3 organization operating various programs to advance the strength and professional development of both seasoned and emerging leaders throughout the state. Hundreds of individuals have participated in its programs over the decades.

According to a press release announcing the Class of 2024, this year's program "will run from April to December, and include five, two-day sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most vital issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity across the state. More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education, and non-profit communities will serve as panelists and guest speakers."

Fiocco is part of an elite group of leaders in the state nominated and selected to participate in the program. “This year’s class selection process was competitive, and after careful review of over 100 applications, I am thrilled to share that the 52 members of the Class of 2024 represent a powerful cross-section of leaders who have the desire to make a broader impact within our state. The knowledge, experience, and connections they will gain in our program will prepare them to do just that," said David Fike ’16 (LM) president and CEO, Leadership Maryland.

She joins the ranks of a diverse group of executives and officials from TMA member institutions - including Morgan State University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore - as well as corporations and government agencies such as the Maryland Retailers Association, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, and many others.

Nicki sat down for an interview with TMA Associate Director Anthony Wagner V to share more about her expectations for the program, as well as her plethora of experiences and lessons learned from a career in the national service sector. You can watch the interview in its entirety above, or by visiting Transform Mid-Atlantic's YouTube channel.



About Nicki Fiocco: Nicki joined Transform Mid-Atlantic as Director of Programs and Communications in January 2023. She has more than a decade of leadership experience in the field of national service, service learning and volunteerism.  She is particularly passionate about connecting people with opportunities through workforce development and professional networking. Nicki serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Community ToolBank and was part of the inaugural Alumni Committee for Service Year Alliance 2020-2022. She served as Regional Voice Lead for the Baltimore DC Metro area for the IMPACT 2030 council (2018 - 2021). She received her undergraduate degree from the University Maryland Baltimore County, and holds a certificate from University Maryland, Do Good Institute for the Nonprofit Leadership and Management graduate program. Nicki is a proud AmeriCorps alumni serving with Volunteer Maryland 2011-2012. She is the host of the AmeriCorps Connections podcast. You can follow Nicki on LinkedIn by clicking here

About Transform Mid-Atlantic: Transform Mid-Atlantic is a non-profit membership association of public, private, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, including many HBCUs and minority serving institutions. Transform Mid-Atlantic provides leadership to colleges and universities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs.