Nicole Russell

Nicole Russell


Seeking opportunities to provide service to underserved areas such as the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing leadership skills including problem solving, planning, and development.

  • Experienced Analyst moving away from business finance, accounting, and auditing and towards Executive Directorship and Strategic Planning within the Nonprofit and Small Business environments.
  • Have worked in both public and private sectors, including educational institutions.
  • Interested in working with the creative economies, especially for nonprofits and small businesses.

Work History

Work History

Multi-Channel Buyer & 7 other positions

Nordstrom - 12 Years

Replenishment Buyer, Financial Planner, Expense Analyst, Secretary, Store Auditor, Office Administrator, Salesperson, Stock

As Replenishment Buyer and Financial Planner responsibilities included manage replenishment items based on comprehensive knowledge of the multi-channel customers' expectations and the division strategy; Identify future opportunities and product offerings that will impact the business; Develop assortment strategies by cluster and store; Maintain a thorough understanding of the market and competitors; Work with the buy planner and other merchant partners to develop market and assortment plans; Successfully execute market and assortment plans, maintaining full accountability for sales, markdowns, inventory and profit results; Manage vendor performance to achieve financial objectives by negotiating offers, pricing, return-to-vendor agreements, drop-ship programs, etc.; Identify new suppliers and their potential ability to meet the needs of Nordstrom customers; Travel throughout regions for events as needed.

Senior Clerk

As a Senior Clerk, I supported the Dean for the School of Business and Social Science which is the largest school in LBCC. I was responsible for creating instructor's teaching contracts, reconciling budgets, preparing reports and spreadsheets, managing clerks and student workers, and working with both students and instructors to resolve issues.

Senior Accounting Technician

As a Senior Accounting Technician, I reviewed and approved coding and budget availability for all spending of over 80 accounts, prepared various fiscal reports, P & L's, interpret contracts, resolved budget problems, prepared appropriation and expense transfers, and reconciled multimillion-dollar budgets in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Additionally, I analyzed and audited financial data and documents to assure accuracy, completeness and compliance with District policies and procedures and applicable governmental regulations; worked with District personnel, vendors, and other outside agencies to identify and correct discrepancies.

Financial Analyst - Grants

Long Beach Community College District - 4 Years

Financial Analyst - Under the direction of the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lead Center, I perform a full range of complex financial analysis and management of SBDC-Economic Resource Development (ERD) budgets, including development, implementation, review, management, analysis, and documentation of financial budgets and expenditures for the SBDC Network and Lead Center activities; responsible financial management of SBDC Network, Lead Center, and ERD programs financial reporting compliance with circulars, federal, state and local government regulations, requirements, accreditation and audit standards; develop and deliver training as needed to ERD staff, Lead Center staff and SBDC Network; ensure quality control of Lead Center/Network and ERD financial reports and expenditures policies and requirements; interface with District Fiscal Operations staff; interface and direct SBDC Service Center staff as appropriate to achieve accurate invoicing for Lead Center objectives and program compliance.


Nov 2009 - Present

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Western Governors University

This MBA, with a focus on strategy and management, incorporates teamwork development and simulations as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to take on mid- to upper-level management positions in business, industry, and non-profit organizations. You will become an extremely effective manager with the credibility to set you apart.

This program includes five domains of study and completion of a capstone project.

  • Management and Strategy
  • Leading People and Teams
  • Creating and Maintaining Business Values
  • Products and Customer Relationship Management
  • Innovation
2009 - Present


University of California, Irvine


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