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Nicole Barreca Prenger

Senior Director, Strategic Communications

Nicole Barreca Prenger rejoined the World Food Prize Foundation in August of 2023. Previously she held a variety of positions at the Foundation from 2012-2022, most recently Director, Communications and Events. 

In her role as Senior Director, Strategic Communications she works closely with Foundation President Ambassador Terry Branstad and Chief Operating Officer Mashal Husain to elevate the organization's brand, communications and public relations and promote the mission of the WFPF to a global audience. She leads the development and implementation of the strategic vision across all divisions, expanding partner involvement and increasing WFPF visibility among key stakeholder audiences.

Nicole worked for the Foundation from 2012-2022 where she served in a variety of roles focusing on the Foundation’s global brand and communications efforts all while managing the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates global event and convention center which welcomes over 20,000 visitors annually. She was instrumental in the planning and execution of the annual Laureate Award Ceremony, Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue and Global Youth Institute for almost a decade. 

Nicole has previously worked in the agricultural startup sector, collaborating closely with CEOs to develop strategic communications plans that drive growth and cultivate a favorable brand image. She immersed herself in the scientific realm of agricultural biologicals, crop protection, data management, pollination technology and even artificial intelligence, deepening her understanding of agriculture technologies and their potential to revolutionize the industry.

Nicole graduated from Grand View University in 2012 with degrees in Graphic Journalism and Print Journalism, with a minor in Mass Communications. She received her Masters in Communication Leadership from Drake University in 2015. 

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