Nicole “Nikki” Fried was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a law degree. At UF, she a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and served as the sorority’s treasurer, recruitment chair, member-at-large, and chapter advisor. Nikki also served as student body president, the first woman to hold the position in nearly two-decades prior. Nikki worked for the Alachua County Public Defender’s office after law school, where she was the head of the Felony Division. In private practice, Nikki defended homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis, fighting big banks to keep families from evictions. Nikki currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
"The algae blooms in and around Lake Okeechobee have developed into an environmental crisis, especially along the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. Both short and long-term solutions are needed. Florida’s governor and cabinet have neglected this issue for decades and it’s time that Florida has a Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services who will tackle the problem head on to make it right. I’ll work with the federal government, the governor and the state legislature to once and for all fund the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)."