Nicole Nathanson was born in Highland Park, Illinois, and grew up in Los Angeles. She attended Beverly Hills High School. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in art history at UCLA and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Pepperdine University. She worked for Sotheby’s in New York and Los Angeles in special client services. Today, she is the director of philanthropic giving for the Nathanson Family Foundation and Mapleton Investments. She is the mother of two children, Andrew, 16, and Katherine, 11. Her charitable interests include Best Buddies, Mattel Children’s Hospital, the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA Medical, and Cancer Research. She is passionate about dance, art, education, children’s issues, and the environment.