Nicole “Nikki” Clifton is an attorney and government affairs professional with broad advocacy experience on Capitol Hill and in the federal and state courts. Clifton represents UPS’ interests before Congress, federal agencies, and the states’ attorneys general. Her expertise includes labor and workforce legislative and regulatory policy, as well as transportation and logistic industry issues.
She spearheaded UPS’ anti-human trafficking awareness initiative, reaching more than 90,000 driver and service providers across the U.S. Her Ted Talk “3 Ways Businesses Can Fight Sex Trafficking” has more than 1 million views. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.
Earlier, Clifton served as labor and employment counsel for UPS in Atlanta, where she had nationwide responsibility for managing traditional labor litigation, training, and enforcing policies affecting the company’s 250,000-plus union-represented employees. She was in-house counsel to UPS’ National Negotiating Committee during collective bargaining with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Also, she served as UPS’ employment counsel, managing employment litigation and providing counsel and training in all areas of employment law.
Before UPS, Clifton worked for Delta Air Lines as flight operations counsel. She also practiced law with the offices of Alston & Bird LLP and Smith, Currie, and Hancock, representing management clients in labor and employment law.
Clifton received her B.A. magna cum laude in communications from Howard University’s Annenberg Honors Program and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.