WGR Featured Member: Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq

Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA)

Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Favorite DC Restaurant:
Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi

Fun Fact:
I’ve participated in New York’s TD Five Boro bike tour twice and I am an avid traveler.

About Nicola:
In my professional career, I have been privileged to work with exceptionally talented and passionate people who work with a deep connection to the organizations.  I am equally passionate about my work outside AOBA on behalf of entities such as the Nonprofit Village and St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families. I am a graduate of Georgetown University and the Villanova University School of Law.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally?  I was first attracted to WGR for the programming and professional development opportunities. I maintain the membership because of the personal and professional relationships I have developed with fellow members whom I have met at various WGR events.  I continue to be inspired by my fellow WGR members.

What advice do you have for young women entering the field? Sometimes the crooked path will lead to new amazing opportunities and a fulfilling career. I did not contemplate working as a lobbyist during college or law school. I first worked for a firm following law school graduation. I later left the firm to work for the DC Council after being presented with an opportunity to work for then Councilmember, now Council Chair, Phil Mendelson as his committee clerk.  That first job in politics put me on the path for an introduction to AOBA, first as their Vice President of Government Affairs for the DC portfolio before being promoted in 2015 to my current position as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.   Develop relationships and remain open to new opportunities that will take your career in a new exciting direction.  Finally and most importantly, make time for self.

What is your favorite part of your day or job? First, the opportunity to work with equally committed peers many of whom are also friends. Second, as a problem solver I enjoy identifying and executing solutions for the representatives of the AOBA member companies.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why? On a typical day I need to be a storyteller, firefighter and strategic planner. A successful advocate needs to take a set of facts and weave them into a compelling story to convince a target audience in order to achieve a specific objective.  One must also be a firefighter who can respond quickly and effectively to a crisis. Finally, a strong government affairs professional must also develop and implement short-term and long-term strategic goals for your client.

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