Nicole Tisdale

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Nicole Tisdale boasts an expansive fifteen-year tenure as a national security expert and Director at The White House – National Security Council (2021-2022) and the U.S. Congress’ House Committee on Homeland Security (2009-2019). Her policy expertise encompasses crucial areas such as cybersecurity, counterintelligence, foreign malign influence campaigns, and election security.

In 2019, Nicole founded Advocacy Blueprints, a firm focused on national security and cyber policy consulting, and advocacy training. As the lead for the White House’s digital security advocacy efforts before Congress, she led the creation of the $1 billion dollar cybersecurity grant program and passage of the cyber incident reporting law, the most significant cybersecurity laws created in a decade. In Congress, Nicole created and managed more than 96 congressional hearings and passage of 354 bills through the House of Representatives, 80 became law.

Nicole has represented the U.S. in 35 international delegations across 22 countries over her career, and speaking at more than forty conferences and workshops in two years, she has also been an influential voice in global policy dialogues.

She also leads cyber policy nonprofit initiatives —Cyber IMPACT, advocating for protections for marginalized communities facing digital threats, and the Cyber Policy Leadership Institute, launching underrepresented groups into cyber policy careers. Her commitment to cybersecurity and civil rights is evidenced by her writing The Hidden Injustice of Cyberattacks for WIRED Magazine and her commitment to civic engagement for advocates highlighted in her book “Right to Petition.”

A proud double alumna and attorney from The University of Mississippi, Nicole hails from Nettleton, MS. Beyond her professional achievements, she is a frustrated golfer and sneakerhead.