Nikki Reiss

Senior Strategist

As Senior Strategist at ACS, Nikki directs and supports, strategic communication planning, government relations and advocacy efforts, policy analysis and strategy development for ACS clients.

ACS is one of the only female and minority owned consulting firms in Ohio and has gained a national reputation for not only its communication and strategy development expertise but also a deep understanding of policy and advocacy, especially for organizations within the early childhood and K-12 education sectors. In 2011, the northeast Ohio small business chamber of commerce, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), named ACS a “Ten Under 10” award winner. This COSE award is given annually to 10 small businesses with 10 employees or fewer to honor their ability to innovate, grow and reach ambitious goals. In 2015, ACS received a Platinum Award in the Communication Plan category of the MarCom Awards and was named a Weatherhead 100 Upstart Winner as one of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio. In 2011, the northeast Ohio small business chamber of commerce, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), named ACS a “Ten Under 10” award winner. This COSE award is given annually to 10 small businesses with 10 employees or fewer to honor their ability to innovate, grow and reach ambitious goals. In 2015, ACS received a Platinum Award in the Communication Plan category of the MarCom Awards and was named a Weatherhead 100 Upstart Winneras one of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Nikki Reiss brings a sharp legal mind and more than 15 years of experience in public policy and strategic thinking to the ACS team. Nikki joined our 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.

A 2005 graduate of Boston College Law School, she transitioned to a public policy based practice in 2007.

For more than a decade 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. She also led the Ohio Medicaid Coalition, a coalition of more than 250 organizations devoted to ensuring Medicaid remains strong at the state level.

Nikki 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 Bar in the State of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In addition to her law degree, Nikki earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2000. She is a native of Sidney, Ohio and currently resides in Columbus. We admire and support her ongoing quest to visit every Major League ballpark.