SARANAC LAKE — After nearly three years, Nicole Hylton-Patterson steps down from her role as director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, according to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).

The Association will convene a hiring committee made up of members of the economic development organization’s board and staff, as well as ADI Core Team members, to conduct a search for a new director.

Hylton-Patterson’s final day as ADI director is today.

Born in Jamaica, Hylton-Patterson spent her formative years in northern Norway as part of a gifted child program.

She holds a master’s degree in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology University, and a bachelor’s degree in African & African American Studies and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and a doctoral degree in Women & Gender Studies from the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

“We are so grateful for Nicky and all the incredible work she has accomplished in such a short amount of time,” Elizabeth Cooper, ANCA executive director, said.

“Nicky has led ADI with strong vision, energy and passion. She has always remained focused on the important and collaborative work that helps us build communities that are equitable, welcoming and resilient. We are thankful for her leadership and wish her the best in her newest endeavor.”

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