Nicole Assisi

Senior Advisor

Interest Areas

School Design and Organizational Development
Equitable Access and Student Outcomes
Community Engagement
School Leadership


Dr. Nicole Tempel Assisi is an accomplished leader in innovative education with a focus on school design, organizational development and greater access and outcomes for all learners. She started her career as a classroom teacher and was a founding team member for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. As a school leader and education entrepreneur she designed and co-founded the Da Vinci Schools (an XQ super school winner) and Thrive Public Schools. As the CEO and Founder for Thrive, Dr. Assisi and her team built schools aimed at serving San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, and received national recognition as a model for serving students with disabilities.

Dr. Assisi also served as a professor for the Charter School Policy, Finance, and Administration Certificate Program at UCLA, the Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy at Cal State Dominguez Hills and the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego. She is a frequent speaker at statewide and regional conferences on education reform, community engagement and school leadership.

Dr. Assisi earned her Master’s Degrees in K-12 Literacy from the University of San Diego and in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University, as well as her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education; she also holds several Administrative and Teaching credentials and certificates.

Beyond her day job, Dr. Assisi is originally from Germany. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and German and worked in television in both the United States and Europe before going into education. She was a board member for the Goethe International Charter School, served on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Extension Program and currently serves as a San Diego Continuing Education Foundation Advisory Board Members.