Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2018
Company Commander, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Co-Founder, PROMOTE}
Major Nicole Alexander is a Special Operations Civil Affairs officer in the U.S. Army with over 13 years of service. Prior to serving in Civil Affairs, she spent the first half of her career as a combat engineer with two deployments in Iraq in 2006 and 2008. As a Civil Affairs officer she has deployed to Afghanistan twice, first as a Civil Affairs Team leader conducting Village Stability Operations along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan and later as the Director of Governance in the NATO Special Operations Component Command during the 2013 Afghan National Election where she was responsible for the Special Operations support to elections. Nicole was also chosen to deploy and stand-up the Knowledge Management Team as part of the Interagency Syrian Transition Assistance Response Team which led the US response to the Syrian Crisis. She is currently commanding teams of Special Operators who deploy across Europe in the Balkans and Caucuses.
Nicole holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Political Communication and Community and Environmental Planning. She also holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from Webster’s University and Masters of Science in Political Warfare and Information Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Nicole is also the Co-founder and Director of Strategic Initiatives for PROMOTE, a non-profit focused on improving leader development and mentorship across the military. In an effort to increase diversity of thought, PROMOTE is on a mission to change the way people mentor and develop leaders. She is married to a Special Forces Officer and together they have two young daughters.
Recent Publications & News
VideoNational Security Lightning Talks and Roundtables
By Loren DeJonge Schulman, David Zikusoka, Cristina Killingsworth, Neil Bhatiya, Kristine Lee, Nicole Alexander, Ainikki Riikonen, Megan Lamberth & Elsa B. Kania
CommentaryDispelling the Myth of Women in Special Operations
By Nicole Alexander & Lyla Kohistany