Kelly M. Nickel has joined FaegreBD Consulting as an advisor with the health and biosciences team in Washington, D.C.
Nickel brings a range of experience in health care and advocacy circles. Her diverse background in today’s complex government environment includes policy research, legislative advocacy, communications bridging, coalition building, efficacious writing, media strategy and political campaigns.
Before joining FaegreBD Consulting, Nickel collaborated with legislators and organizations to support the passage of bills, regulations and amendments as a legislative representative with the American Counseling Association (ACA). Her role also included writing testimony and arranging oral testimony through ACA membership, as well as identifying, crafting and executing legislative strategies.
Previously, Nickel served as a political party regional field organizer and voter registration campaign director in Utah, where she managed three candidates in message development; mail connectivity; fundraising; and online, print and billboard advertising. Nickel also hired, trained and managed a team of four field organizers resulting in 20,000 voter registrations after personally making more than 5,000 volunteer recruitment calls resulting in 120 volunteers.
Nickel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and a master’s degree in communications studies (with a politics and public relations emphasis) from Missouri State University in 2013. As a graduate student, she taught public speaking and helped coach three debate teams to the prestigious National Debate Tournament.