Nicole Hallingstad is the granddaughter of Amy Hallingstad, who named her Ch’aak’tlaa (Mother Eagle). She was born in Petersburg, Alaska. Nicole worked as the grants manager for a private, nonprofit foundation in New York City before returning to Alaska in 2003, to work for Sealaska as its Vice President and Corporate Secretary from 2003-2014. Nicole currently serves the Director of Operations for the National Congress of American Indians.
She has Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Master of Arts in European History from the University of California Berkeley.
Nicole is a member of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and ANS Camp #16 of Petersburg; former board member of Cancer Connection, KTOO/K3 Public Radio, Bartlett Hospital Board of Trustees, and the United Way of Southeast Alaska. Nicole is T’akdeintaan and Tsaagweidi/Norwegian yádi (child of).