Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce Nikki Reiss as our new Senior Strategist. Ms. Reiss will direct and support government relations and advocacy, policy analysis, strategic communication planning, and strategy development for ACS clients in Ohio and across the country.
Ms. Reiss brings a sharp legal mind and more than 15 years of experience in public policy and strategic thinking to the ACS team. Reiss joined ACS team after serving as the Policy Director for the Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton gubernatorial/lieutenant gubernatorial campaign in Ohio. In that role, she was responsible for advising and educating the candidates on relevant policy issues, overseeing the development of all campaign policy positions, managing stakeholder outreach and policy working groups, and managing the campaign policy rollout schedule.
“Nikki brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to our firm.” Said Lori McClung, ACS Chief Executive Officer, “From Medicaid to early childhood, coalition building to authentic community engagement, and the ability to navigate rules and regulations that impact non profits, government and philanthropy, Nikki provides a level expertise that will enhance and deepen our firm’s national footprint.”
For more than a decade Ms. Reiss led government affairs strategies at a prominent law firm with clients in the healthcare, energy, gaming, manufacturing, and insurance sectors with their strategic planning, relationship building, legislative priorities, public affairs, and grassroots engagement. Reiss also led the Ohio Medicaid Coalition, an effort of more than 250 organizations devoted to protecting various Medicaid policies.
“Ms. Reiss certainly has the experience we seek in an ACS team member. Just as important as her capabilities is her commitment to the issues, clients, and people we serve every single day.” said ACS President Scarlett Bouder. “Ms. Reiss understands that our role as a firm is to partner with our clients to clear the path for increasing opportunity for individuals and make communities stronger for the long term.”
“I am thrilled to put my experience and passion behind the work with ACS clients across the country.” Said Reiss. “Diving deep into critical issues, building new and growing existing relationships, and being a part of ground changing projects is what makes this position so appealing.”
Ms. Reiss was a 2001 Fellow with Ohio’s Legislative Service Commission, and currently serves as Board President for Dress for Success Columbus. She is a member of the Bar in the State of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Nikki earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She is a native of Sidney, Ohio and resides in Columbus.