Nicole Wilett-Jensen is a Vice President at the Albright Stonebridge Group, where her expertise in international affairs is integral to the development of the firm’s Africa practice and draws on the breadth of her previous experience within the U.S. foreign policy architecture, including at the National Security Council, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Senate
Nicole most recently served as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where she managed SFRC oversight of U.S. policy on global health and Africa. She has served twice on the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, from 2010 to 2012 and again in 2013. As an NSC Director for African Affairs, Nicole coordinated U.S. policy across key national security agencies; managed trips to the continent by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama; supported trade, development, and humanitarian initiatives; and developed strategies to address security and governance challenges.
From 2012 to 2013, Nicole was the Senior Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Previously, she served in a variety of other capacities at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, where she managed portfolios in Africa and South Asia, and on assignment to several U.S. missions in Africa, including in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Nicole has participated in numerous international election observation missions in Africa, as well State Department task forces on Iraq and Haiti. She entered government service as a Presidential Management Fellow, and was also a foreign policy fellow for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, Nicole worked at a number of non-profit organizations, including the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and on domestic political and issue campaigns. She has an M.P.A. in public affairs from Indiana University, where she also concentrated in African studies. Nicole has a B.A. from Syracuse University and also studied in Zimbabwe as an undergraduate.