Nicolee Ambrose -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Nicolee Ambrose is a conservative strategist, labor policy guru, and financial expert.

On the national political scene, Nicolee served as Coalition Director of Future Leaders for McCain/Palin, a coalition for young professionals.  Nicolee was also named one of the nation’s top “Rising Stars” by the Republican National Committee, along with Governor Blunt of Missouri and Governor Jindal of Louisiana. 
Nicolee served as Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation from 2005 – 2007.  In honor of her extremely successful term rejuvenating the nation’s oldest youth political organization, Nicolee was voted Chairman Emeritus of the Young Republicans in 2007.  As Chairman, Nicolee created and implemented a winning 2006 Targeted State program, re-branded the organization, and successfully harnessed the 100,000 member network of the Young Republicans.  As a Republican leader, Nicolee has appeared on FOX News, BBC Television News, BBC World Radio News, ABC News, and local affiliates of NBC and CBS.

Nicolee's contributions to building the Republican Party have also been widely recognized in Maryland. In 1999 and 2000, Nicolee served as Young Republican Chair of Youth Team for George W. Bush.  In 2000, then-Congressman, Governor Bob Ehrlich gave Nicolee a Congressional Recognition Award for her work bringing young professionals into the political process.  In 2001, then state party Chair Michael Steele awarded Nicolee the Chairman's Award of Special Merit.  In 2002, she organized the largest county-level grassroots organization in the state to help elect the first statewide Republican ticket since 1966.  In 2003, Nicolee was elected Chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans and Secretary of the Young Republican National Federation.  In 2004, Governor Ehrlich selected Nicolee as a Delegate from Maryland's 3rd Congressional District to the Republican National Convention.  Nicolee also served on the Maryland Republican Party’s Executive Committee.

From 2000 through 2005, Nicolee served as a Baltimore City Commissioner for Architectural and Historical Preservation.

Professionally, Nicolee works in Washington, DC as Vice President of both a labor and employment law firm, as well as a Fortune 500 membership association.  From 2002 through 2008, Nicolee served as a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration.  She handled management issues relating to financial management, human resources, and oversight of programs for Labor's largest agency.  Key policy and regulatory issues handled include the Family and Medical Leave Act, labor union oversight, and federal minimum wage.  Prior to her appointment to the Department of Labor, she was an award-winning Financial Advisor for American Express.  As a Financial Advisor, she won the 2000 Top Achiever of the Year and the 1999 American Express Mercury Award.
Nicolee simultaneously attended The Johns Hopkins University, where she received a B.A. in International Relations, and Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she received a B.M. in Vocal Performance. The Baltimore Sun called Nicolee the most inspiring 1996 graduate of Johns Hopkins. She then earned a Master of Music at Arizona State University. In 1998, she accepted the Best Opera award from the National Opera Association for her lead role as Hansel in Hansel und Gretel.  Nicolee lives in Baltimore with her family.

Nicolee Ambrose