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Alumnae Profiles: Nicole Y. Williams, C'2000

To work in politics, one has to have a strong desire to know what’s going on in the world. That is the philosophy of Nicole Williams who works as communications director for U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). From creating press releases, scheduling press conferences, and writing speeches to media pitching, media monitoring and website design, Ms. Williams’ days are both demanding and fulfilling. “My day generally begins around 6 a.m.; however, it has been as early as 3 a.m., and there have been occasions where I go all night into the next morning,” said Ms. Williams, a music major who toured with the Spelman Jazz Ensemble. “I have no regrets. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people.” Those wonderful people include Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, and the late Dorothy Height.

As a music major at Spelman, Ms. Williams’ plans had included working in a museum like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She even did a stint as an intern at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. However, after graduation those plans changed. “My transition into politics wasn’t that far-fetched,” said Ms. Williams, who served as vice president of her senior class as well as with SGA and other political activities in Atlanta and her hometown of Cleveland. “I had interned for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones – then Cuyahoga County prosecutor – prior to attending Spelman and had been in constant contact with her during my time at Spelman.” Despite her busy schedule, she remains committed to Spelman, having served as president of the Washington, D.C., Metro Area Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. “The chapter has been and continues to be a tremendous support. Despite everything that is going on, I can always count on my Spelman sisters.” 

At one time considered a workaholic, she has found balance. “With the passing of my former boss, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, I realized that life is too short, and you have to take time for yourself and for the ones you love,” Ms. Williams said. “In each experience I have learned so many valuable lessons that I will carry with me for life, and I am truly thankful.”

*This article can be found in the Fall 2010 edition of the Spelman Messenger*