Nicolette N. John was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, with a concentration in Management. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety from the University of Miami in 2000. While at the University of Miami, she was named to the President's and Provost's Honor Rolls, to the Dean's List and was a member of the University of Miami Honor Society. Nicolette also served on the board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association and the Caribbean Student's Association.