Nicole Porter joined the U.S. Travel Association in 2021. As Vice President of Political Affairs, she leads and develops all grassroots and political programs—leading and developing engagement activities to bolster U.S. Travel’s advocacy efforts.

Under Nicole’s guidance of our TravelPAC and Travel Action Network—key components in educating federal policymakers about the economic, social and diplomatic importance of travel—U.S. Travel raised nearly $800,000 during the 2022 election cycle. 

She also leads the association’s efforts around key initiatives such as Travel Works, U.S. Travel’s national advocacy tour designed to highlight the $2.6 trillion economic impact and far-reaching contributions created by travel and Destination Capitol Hill, the travel industry’s premier legislative fly-in.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Porter spent nearly seven years at the National Retail Federation (NRF) where she was senior director, political affairs & advocacy. In this role she served as a key political strategist, responsible for leading and developing advocacy and grassroots programs supporting NRF’s public policy goals, also overseeing NRF’s fundraising for political programs. 

Prior to NRF, Nicole was a campaign fundraiser working for over a decade with an extensive list of clients ranging from national candidates and PACs to federal and state campaigns.

Nicole was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and now resides with her daughter in Washington, D.C.