Nicole Isaac

Nicole Isaac

Director of North America Policy


LinkedIn

Washington, DC USA


We know that work is gonna change, but I don’t want you to discount or diminish what you bring to the table. A large part of it is just not giving up.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in the housing projects in the Bronx, New York; my parents were both immigrants—my mother is Jamaican and my father is Costa Rican.
I attended a private school on a scholarship—made me realize the impact location can have on access to opportunities and sparked my desire to change the reality of neighborhoods like mine.
Attended Brown University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English and African-American studies.
Then I earned my master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
I’ve worked in law in New York City, Geneva, Paris, and South Africa with the goal of understanding the ways in which human rights abroad mirror the civil rights issues in the U.S.
Worked in government for over 10 years—five years were spent on Capitol Hill and the other five years were spent working in the White House for President Obama.
I am also a nonprofit founder and have served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, I work as the director of North American policy for LinkedIn where I utilize data to solve workforce development challenges, develop policy, and expand government engagement.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Brown University
undergrad
Bachelor
African-American/Black Studies
Brown University
graduate
Graduate
International Relations and Affairs
Columbia University in the City of New York
doctorate
Doctorate
Law
University of Pennsylvania
graduate
Graduate
International Human Rights
University of Oxford
Career

Career

Director of North America Policy

I work to globally transform the future of work through policy and expanding government engagement.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Law
Government
Government
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I manage a team, develop policy, and expand government engagement across the United States and Canada on behalf of LinkedIn, including setting priorities and strategies for working with federal partners. This includes working with policymakers on critical issues such as privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity, content liability, and diversity in technology. I lead Economic Graph projects by applying data and analytics across North America and other regions with a cross-functional and global team.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My law and policy background have given me a unique perspective on a variety of issues. My work in government has been transformative as far as developing skills in social change, advocacy, and policy. You need to have a deep understanding of technology and how it impacts the world. Be effective at building relationships and passionate about helping your community. Be a life-long learner.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be an advocate for others. Mentoring and helping people find others to look up to is critical to advancing our workforce and ourselves. Don't underestimate the willingness of people who want to help you. We are now in a new age of learning, so don't put yourself in a box and think there is only way to get a job. Network and be openminded. Be willing to tackle challenges in a variety of ways.

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Socio-Economic Origin
First-Generation Immigrant