Nicole Isaac is the Head of North America Policy at LinkedIn and manages strategic engagement with local, state, provincial and federal governments across North America. Nicole has been with LI for almost 4 years and previously served as Director of U.S. Public Policy where she managed day to day policy and government affairs portfolio, taking on primary responsibility for engaging with the Administration, Congress, and policy-oriented NGOs on issues ranging from privacy and security to workforce policy issues. Nicole joined LinkedIn as the head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships and worked with local, state, federal and international electeds on leveraging strategic information for investments in the 21st century workforce and to provide critical labor insights. Nicole taught international business and geopolitics at Georgetown, and also founded a social impact accelerator, Code the Streets, to increase resources to inner city communities.
Nicole was previously a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where she guided President Obama’s policy priorities before the Judiciary, Financial Services and Appropriations Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Special Assistant to the President, Nicole was chief liaison to nearly 100 Members of Congress. In this role, she was known for her effective oversight of tough legislative issues, ranging from telecommunications and intellectual property reform to immigration and housing finance. She was also selected as one of 25 individuals from across the Administration to participate in the President’s first leadership development workshop. Prior to serving as a legislative advisor to the President, Nicole was Deputy Legislative Director for the Office of the Vice President.
Nicole spent almost five years on Capitol Hill, including in the U.S. House of Representatives, with the Office of Legislative Counsel and with House leadership, and also in the U.S. Senate, with the Assistant Minority Leader, Dick Durbin. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dikgang Moseneke, the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa.
Nicole completed her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and also a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, respectively, in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She also completed a Master of Studies (LLM equivalent) in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. She is a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and also a 2018 Young Leader with the French- American Foundation. Nicole serves on the Board of the Biden Foundation. She is Afro-Latino (Jamaican and Costa-Rican) and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.