Nicole R. Nason

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Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Administration
Term of Appointment: 12/2017 to present

Nicole R. Nason was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Administration in December 2017. She previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Overseas Building Operations and as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Ms. Nason has served in numerous roles in Washington, DC, notably as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (2006–2008), where she was a two-time gold medal winner, the department’s highest honor. She also served as DOT’s Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs (2003–2006). At NHTSA, her many achievements included overseeing new seat belt rules for school buses, rulemaking for electronic stability control systems, and new car seat safety regulations. Under her watch, NHSTA developed the first-ever criteria for crash test ratings for the Five-Star Safety Ratings program and held the first-ever bilateral with the Chinese government on regulations for motor vehicle safety. During her tenure at DOT, Ms. Nason made numerous appearances on national television news programs, testified frequently before Congress, and advocated at the UN in Geneva for harmonizing motor vehicle testing.

Previously, Ms. Nason served as the Assistant Commissioner for Government Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (2002–2003). She also served in the legislative branch as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and as press secretary for Congressman Porter Goss, who was serving as Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She worked as an attorney for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime (1995–1999).

A black belt in karate, Ms. Nason founded Project Koe (Koh-ee) in Connecticut in 2014, empowering women and improving health and fitness using traditional Japanese martial arts techniques.

She has also served two terms on the national board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and on the board of directors of Shakespeare on the Sound. Her media experience includes a TEDxTalk at American University on finding inner power.

Ms. Nason earned a B.A. in political science and government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.