Press Release

Nicole J. Christian Joins HB Solutions LLC as Economic Development Grant Writer

Jan 13, 2017

Nicole J. Christian consultant, Harris Beach Law Firm, Melville NY

With more than ten years of executive management experience in grant writing and administration at all levels of government, Nicole J. Christian has joined HB Solutions LLC as a grant writer for the economic development and public affairs team. In her previous roles, she secured millions of dollars in grant funds for clients throughout New York state, Long Island and Washington D.C. for projects including research and technology initiatives, park improvements, water quality, recreation, waterfront revitalization, construction and more. Nicole also has specific training and experience in municipal government program administration, public/private partnerships, and capital improvements.

“Nicole’s skills and experience lends HB Solutions the ability to offer a unique set of grant writing services, helping businesses and local governments from the initial identification of grants through to the final reporting and compliance needed,” said Anthony Manetta, lead economic development consultant at HB Solutions.

“I look forward to working with this expanded team to better serve our clients,” said Nicole. “Supporting clients through the identification, application and grant management process will ensure positive grant outcomes.”

Prior to joining HB Solutions, Nicole founded NJC Consulting and wrote grants for local municipalities, educational institutions and non-profits to secure funds for storm recovery, waterfront revitalization, entrepreneurship training and development, and technology — leveraging over $20M in public investment while helping to create over 250 local job opportunities.

Before starting her own business, Nicole was Deputy Commissioner of Community Development and Intergovernmental Relations for the Town of Brookhaven, one of the largest townships in New York state. There, she spearheaded the first workforce development initiative for all NYS Empire Zone companies in North Bellport, Yaphank and Coram — all highly economically-distressed areas.  This program was designed to encourage business owners to hire local residents as employees which led to the creation of the Brookhaven Jobs Program. Ultimately, this program connected local applicants with more than 500 positions at 30 companies.

Nicole is an alumnus of the highly-coveted U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship program and has been recognized by trade associations and media outlets for her work, including being named one of Long Island Business News’ ‘Forty Under 40’ and Brookhaven Town Chamber Member of the Year.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Nicole is actively involved in the Long Island community. She partnered with Suffolk County Community College’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program to develop the first Gordon Heights Youth Entrepreneurial Summer Program.

Nicole holds a BBA from Marymount University, an MPA and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Mangement from George Mason University and is completing her PhD in Management at Walden University.

 About HB Solutions LLC

As client solutions often involve legal and non-legal components, Harris Beach established the non-legal consulting subsidiary HB Solutions LLC to help firm clients meet the full range of their strategic, operational, and organizational needs. This highly collaborative approach, which differentiates Harris Beach from traditional law firms, effectively leverages relationships, specialized expertise, and team synergies to help firm clients succeed.  HB Solutions’ consulting services offer an integrated approach for firm clients lacking internal resources or requiring additional support to meet their pressing challenges.  Our consulting professionals utilize their insights and experience to provide timely and impactful solutions in the areas of the Affordable Care Act, education leadership, economic development, energy, health and human services, human resources, information technology, marketing and communications services, and municipal assistance.

HB Solutions does not provide legal advice or legal services, and the protections of the client-lawyer relationship do not exist with respect to the services provided by HB Solutions.