Nicole Neily, President

Nicole Neily headshot1Nicole Neily is the President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Prior to joining the Franklin Center, she was a senior vice president at Dezenhall Resources, a communications firm based in Washington DC, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies and trade associations to help them counter threats from regulatory overreach, litigation, NGO attacks, and crony capitalism.

She has previously served as executive director and senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, and was both manager of external relations and media manager at the Cato Institute. In addition, she has worked as director of research analysis for the Winston Group, a public opinion and message design firm, and has authored several papers for the Illinois Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity‚Äôs Illinois chapter. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois, and a master’s of public policy from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she now lives in Austin with her husband Clark and two children.