John James Nicoletti has a 30-plus year background in communications, public affairs, and issues management with extensive experience in sports and entertainment, local government and entrepreneurial start-ups. He has helped develop campaigns through creative and visual design and targeted messaging that has raised brand awareness and increased sales.
John is Senior Vice President, Brand Communications of InStride, a learning services enterprise designed to achieve significant social impact through partnerships with universities and employers, providing employees the opportunity to earn the highest-quality degrees. John will manage the company’s media relations, public affairs, brand development, as well as issues management, internal and executive communications.
Prior to InStride, Nicoletti worked for The Walt Disney Company for more than 11 years for both the company’s Parks and Resorts and Walt Disney Studios segments, leading various external and internal communications functions throughout his tenure. Prior to joining Disney, Nicoletti was the external affairs manager and chief spokesperson for the city of Anaheim, California’s 10th largest city. Nicoletti has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer at numerous southern California universities including Pepperdine – Malibu, Chapman University, CSU-Fullerton, and the University of Southern California.
A graduate of UCLA (B.A., English) and Pepperdine University (M.A., Communications), Nicoletti is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.