Staff Spotlight: Nicole Collins Bronzan, Communications Director

Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse staff working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide, and we want to help you get to know each of us a little bit better. This week, we hear from Nicole Collins Bronzan, Freedom to Marry's Communications Director. Nicole works in our New York office, where she leads our communications team in getting the most effective press and news coverage for Freedom to Marry. Previously, Nicole worked as an editor at The New York Times before moving to advocacy work at the Legal Action Center. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their infant son. 

1) Where are you from, and what brought you to New York?

I'm a military brat, so I like to say I'm from everywhere and nowhere. One might call that avoiding the question, but seriously: I was born overseas and went to ten schools before college! In any case, the majority of my family is from the Virginia/Maryland/DC area. I came to NYC nine years ago chasing a dream - singer/songwriter stardom - with a pretty cool day job: editor at The New York Times.

2) Your background is primarily in journalism - how have you been able to incorporate your journalism experience with your advocacy work? 

Journalism informs every move I make - from the way I decide what might be an interesting pitch to the way I write in general (clear and concise is the way in J-school). And some of the other skills, like blogging and basic html, come in handy, too.

3) What do you like to do in your free time?

I still consider myself an artist, though new motherhood has taken its toll on my gigging schedule. Other than that, I love to run, hike, garden - anything outdoors, really - and share good food and conversation with loved ones.

4) What has been your favorite "freedom to marry" moment - a time in the movement that has particularly resonated with you?

I would have to say it was when my husband and I were contemplating our wedding date. The idea came up: Maybe we should remain unmarried, in solidarity, until everyone could marry who he or she loves. I've always been a proponent of equality for everyone, but the fact that we could not imagine waiting - it just really hit me that I needed to do more to make change happen.

5) Why does the freedom to marry matter to you?

It matters because it's right. Because inequality hurts everyone - including the people I love. And because I want my son (now only 9 months old and not quite ready to talk about it) to ask me incredulously one day, "Really, Mom? Gay people couldn't get married when you were a kid?" I want him to find the very idea ridiculous, because it is.

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