For more than 15 years, Nikki has dedicated her career to providing strategic vision and leadership in the fields of communications and advocacy. Leading crucial conversations on pivotal societal issues such as race, police brutality, and sexual misconduct, elevating critical public health messaging and expertise throughout the course of the pandemic, navigating complex dialogues surrounding vaccination and masking communications, and creating opportunities for groundbreaking change, transparency and increased understanding. Nikki’s work has enabled the University of Michigan, the world’s leading public research institution—and formerly the State of Michigan—to emerge as global standards of innovation, engagement, social responsibility, crisis communication and public affairs. The results of Nikki’s work has made her a recognized thought-leader at the local, state, and national level, a globally sought-after speaker, and a recognized advocate of strategy, collaboration, integrity, accountability and digital citizenship.

Need a keynote?

“Inspirational, motivational, and actionable. What an amazing presentation.”

Want to hire Nikki?

“Nikki is a fervent and expert advocate of education in our digital age. “

Seeking an influencer?

Partner with #TeamSunstrum on their travels. They’ve successfully driven to all 48 continental states.

With every post, publication and share, the critical importance of strategic and collaborative communications has never been more apparent.

– @NikkiSunstrum

Rating: 5 out of 5.

First we call

Nikki is an undeniable leader in higher education particularly in the areas of branding and social media. Whenever we have a speaking need arise regarding higher ed marketing, Nikki is one of the first people that we reach out to.”

Sabri Math, Manager at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Beacon of Light

Nikki is a beacon of light in an industry full of confusion and chaos. Nikki leads an amazing team and that leadership pours out into the world where every person who interacts with her in person or through a medium is better for having met her.”

Eric Hultgren, Director of Social Media and Content Marketing at MLive

Rating: 5 out of 5.

National Leader

Nikki’s designed & implemented strategy which has moved U-M to the forefront of its peers in social media engagement & visibility, developing both innovative content & a sound set of guiding principles for how best to understand today’s ubiquitous social environment. 

Lisa Rudgers, partner and co-founder, Peterson Rudgers Group