Vice President, Global Public Affairs — UPS
Nicole (“Nikki”) Clifton is a respected attorney and government affairs executive with 20+ years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies on Capitol Hill, and in both federal and state courts. She leads UPS’s workforce policy, legislative advocacy and external affairs engagement with the states’ attorneys general, managing a broad portfolio of people issues affecting UPS’s 495,000 employees. She has a proven track record of influencing, counseling and leading within large and complex organizations by collaborating with senior management across business units. Nikki advances key priorities, drives results and improves positive brand awareness at the intersection of people, politics and policy.
Nikki is passionate about making a difference by leveraging business resources to impact societal change. She spearheaded and coordinates UPS’s anti-human trafficking awareness engagement in conjunction with Truckers Against Trafficking and the United Way Worldwide. Her Ted Talk, “3 Ways Businesses Can Fight Sex Trafficking” has earned more than 1.5 million views. Additionally, Nikki leads the UPS Equity, Justice & Action Task Force, a cross functional leadership team working to dismantle systems of racism and exclusion by advancing transformative internal and external initiatives at UPS.
Prior to government affairs, Nikki served as Labor & Employment Counsel for UPS in Atlanta, Georgia, and was in-house counsel to the UPS National Negotiating Committee during collective bargaining with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Before UPS, Nikki worked for Delta Air Lines, and practiced labor and employment law with Alston & Bird LLP and Smith, Currie and Hancock, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nikki received her B.A. magna cum laude in Communications from Howard University’s Annenberg Honors Program and received her J.D. from the University of Georgia School Of Law. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Nikki was inducted into the inaugural class of National 4-H Luminaries. She served as a Board Member for the National Black Child Development Institute, receiving their Vanguard Award in 2019.
Nikki resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and children.