Nicola (Nike) Beddow

Director of Communications and Partnerships

Nike is the co-founder of the Race for Hope DC – the world’s largest brain tumor community event.  Since its founding in 1998, the Race for Hope has raised over $29 million.  Nike founded the race with her sister Dana Daczkowski  and their good friends Lionel and Sandy Chaiken.  Dana was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 25.  It was Dana's vision to bring people together to advance research so no one would have to face this disease in the future.  When Dana passed away just two months after the first race, Nike dedicated her life to building a grassroots network of survivors, patients, family members, friends, physicians and researchers who, working together, can speed the discovery of a brain cancer cure.

Nike joined ABC2 in 2008 to work with people who share her belief in a collaborative, venture philanthropy approach to funding the most innovative and promising research.

Nike leads the communication and partnership efforts at ABC2.  Prior to her brain tumor community work, Nike had a fifteen year career with the U.S. Department of State promoting the international exchange of ideas on economic, science and technology policy.

Nike earned a B.A. from the Catholic University of America and a M.A. from the University of Southern California.