Our Team

Kimberly Nichols

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Believe in your own power to succeed.

As Co-Founder and CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships, Kim Nichols is igniting a movement, one reimagining the power of modernized apprenticeships to solve the workforce talent gap and educational debt crisis facing the U.S. today.

For 20+ years, Kim’s unparalleled expertise in defining large-scale business vision, mission, and strategy have delivered results: from successfully driving new business growth to generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue. She is the walking embodiment of the best career advice she ever received: Believe in your own power to succeed.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Now Kim is using these skills and that belief to deliver on Franklin’s promise of #ChangingTheAmericanWorkforce by helping employers shift the paradigms of talent recruitment, training, and retention; providing individuals with clear pathways to sustainable career growth; and strengthening the economic stability and viability of communities across the country.

As Franklin continues to cultivate world-class apprenticeship programs – delivered through their unique Success Framework – the goal of serving a million apprentices over the next decade is well within reach. Kim’s ability to attract like-minded innovators, from employers to training providers to workforce and economic development leaders to team members, is a powerful force, uniting everyone behind her bold vision to unlock powerful opportunities for the U.S. through modern apprenticeships.

Kim’s passion for changing the world doesn’t stop at work, she’s also served as a Board Member of The Children’s Guild and as a volunteer at both the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Maryland Food Bank.

Kim loves fitness, reading a good book, drinking good wine, traveling and spending time with her family and their two ridiculously adorable English bulldogs, Hank and George.