Firm Biographies



Salisbury University, B.A. in Psychology and Sociology

George Mason University, Masters of Public Policy



National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics


National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics, Public Policy Certificate

Nicole Smith
Vice President

Policy Expertise

Association & Non-Profit Speciality



Maritime Commerce



Nicole is Vice President at Miller Wenhold where she utilizes her Congressional and policy experience to advocate on behalf of clients across Miller Wenhold’s practice groups. Nicole uses her expertise to develop and implement strategy from legislative policy to political and issue campaigns.

For her undergraduate degree, Nicole attended Salisbury University, earning a double major in Behavioral Psychology and Sociology.  Upon graduation, she began pursuing a career in politics concentrating on social policy.

Nicole started her career serving in Senator Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) office in Washington D.C as a member of the Senator’s health care team. She developed talking points, crafted legislation, and was a liaison between HELP committee staff and the Senator’s office. Throughout her time in the Senate she gained valuable insight into the internal legislative and political process.

After her time on Capitol Hill, Nicole earned her Masters of Public Policy from the Schar School of Public Policy and Government at George Mason University. During her graduate studies Nicole developed her research and writing skills by completing an extensive project examining policy trends, which was subsequently published.

In addition to legislative and policy experience Nicole has served on multiple congressional campaigns organizing GOTV strategies and forming health care priorities. She is currently serving as Director of the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics (NILE), a trade association for government affairs professionals. Nicole works to ensure NILE is a strong unified voice for the lobbying profession and provide members a gold standard continuing education certificate program to maximize their capabilities.

Nicole became a champion in 2018 when her Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and again in 2019 when the Washington Mystics won the WNBA Championship!


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