Public Finance, Budgeting, Government, Capital Programs


Nicole Westerman currently serves as the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development at the New Kensington CDC. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Rebuild, a City of Philadelphia program to renovate parks, recreation centers, and libraries while engaging with neighborhood residents, building the capacity of businesses owned by people of color and women, and preparing low-income Philadelphians for careers in construction. From 2010 to 2012, Nicole worked for the CFO of the School District of Philadelphia, focused on equity and transparency in school budgets. From 2005 to 2008, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Budget Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing the Secretary on multiple boards and commissions and working on multiple projects related to the financial health of the Commonwealth. From 2000 to 2005, she worked at Public Financial Management, working on multi-year financial plans for cities and counties experiencing financial stress; she also worked on multiple capital programs and operational improvements. Other experience includes working for the City of Philadelphia managing capital projects and the capital budget, and working on city, school district, and non-profit financial management as a consultant. Nicole earned a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Courses Taught

  • PLCY 8128 Public Budgeting and Finance