Nicole Mason

Executive Director, Author

Executive director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, and the author of “Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America.”

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Nicole Mason was born in Compton. Her mother was 16 years old and a high school dropout. Her father was a small-time drug dealer who left when Nicole was young.

Born Bright’ and the challenges of escaping poverty

Nicole Mason was born in Compton. Her mother was 16 years old and a high school dropout. Her father was a small-time drug dealer who left when Nicole was young.

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