Audrey Nicoleau '01, Political Communications Strategist
“I went with the best undergraduate institution in Florida because it reinforced my sense of self-reliance and bolstered my ability to take on any and all challenges by working smarter, not harder.”
AOC: Political Science/History
Miami native Audrey Nicoleau honed her public service skills in Washington, D.C., before branching out on her own as a political communications strategist who helps her clients heighten their public profile. Shortly after graduating from New College in 2005, she was hired for an internship by Congressman John Conyers and became his legislative aide. She later joined Congressman Alcee Hastings’ office as a senior policy advisor, with a legislative portfolio that included appropriations, judiciary, international relations, health care and education policy. While in D.C., she pursued a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University.
After almost two years serving the 23rd district of Florida, she transitioned to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) leadership office and worked as a communications advisor, assisting with rapid response efforts. There, she got the opportunity to staff the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and to co-chair a Congressional Delegation to Belgium and France, where she moderated several discussions with European Members of Parliament on political inclusion of minorities and vulnerable populations in EU countries.
Nicoleau then joined the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) as a program officer. Her duties included travel to Macedonia to train legislative staff from Georgia, Macedonia, Mongolia, and Kosovo on using the internet and social media for public engagement, as well as staffing former OECD Ambassador and Congresswoman, Constance “Connie” Morella (R-MD), on an assessment trip to Burkina Faso for a women’s political leadership training program geared toward national and local leaders.
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