The CXO Fellows Program regularly features members of the class of 2015-2016. This is a part of that series.
Name: Christopher A. Nikola
Title: Contracting/Agreement Officer
Agency: United States Agency for International Development
Education info: (school/degree): Bachelor’s Degree in Government & International Politics from George Mason University.
What’s the best part of your job (other than the people you work with)? The best part of my job is improving the health outcomes for those living in developing countries. Contracting with many organizations throughout the world, USAID is able to increase health commodities in rural areas, delivering and providing resources to individuals affected with TB, Malaria and AIDS, and develop interventions to reduce gender based violence.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18? I wish I knew more about the financial markets at 18. This certainly was not at the top of my lists to research on my spare time at 18 but now learning fluctuations in the stock market or reasons that caused the housing bubble to burst is intriguing.
What hidden talent or hobby do you have? One of my hobbies is collecting old U.S coins, I started this hobby when my father showed me a coin from 1875 and I thought immediately how interesting it was that this old coin made it over 125 years now in our possession. I continue collecting coins and still think to myself about who may have owned the coin and how it may have traveled long distances to end up with me.
Who was your most-valued mentor? My most-valued mentor is my older brother. He was more than a brother; in fact he raised me for some time before I graduated from high school. Many of the values I have in life come from him since he was a brother and fostered my growth during my teenage years into adulthood.
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