Nicole Willis-Grimes joined The Ferraro Group in 2006 and is the company’s director of public affairs. She is responsible for researching all legislative and regulatory matters, developing campaign and legislative strategies, following clients’ issues during the interim and legislative session, and representing clients before city, county and state officials. Ms. Willis-Grimes has also worked extensively on several political, ballot question and other statewide campaigns during her tenure with The Ferraro Group.
Currently, Ms. Willis-Grimes represents Apple, Centene Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, NV Energy, Nevada Resort Association, the Nevada State Contractors Board, and SilverSummit Health Plan.
On the federal level, Ms. Willis-Grimes provides ongoing research on legislation and assists in liaising between clients and the Nevada delegation in Washington, D.C.
Prior to working for The Ferraro Group, Ms. Willis-Grimes served for three years as a legislative affairs coordinator for the largest regional bureau at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. She provided research on legislative issues, drafted Department position papers on proposed legislation, coordinated Department officials’ briefings and hearings on the Hill, and organized outreach events for congressional Members and staff. She received several awards commending her achievements in improving relations between the State Department and Congress.
Ms. Willis-Grimes has also worked for several non-profit/non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, MN.
Ms. Willis-Grimes received her B.A. from Bard College in New York. Upon graduation, she received a Fulbright Scholarship that took her to eastern Germany for a year. She received her M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since 2013, she has served on the Board at the Northern Nevada International Center, a non-profit organization that fosters better understanding between people through its public diplomacy programs, language and cultural projects, and foreign policy programs.