Nicholas Vance

Nicholas Vance, Director, provides his clients with unparalleled insight into the appropriations process.

Prior to joining SMI, Nicholas served four years as a Professional Staff Member on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In this role, Nicholas was the primary staff lead responsible for the Committee’s oversight of investment funding provided to the Department of the Air Force. While on the minority staff, Nicholas was responsible for overseeing all funding provided to the Departments of the Air Force and the Navy.

Before working for the Defense Subcommittee, Nicholas had an extensive background in achieving successful policy outcomes as the Legislative Director to Rep. John Rutherford, a Member of the House Appropriations Committee. Nicholas managed the Congressman’s national security, foreign affairs, financial services, and veterans’ affairs portfolios in this role. Nicholas also served on the staff for Rep. Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, where he oversaw immigration and agriculture issues.

Nicholas has also worked in the executive branch as a contractor supporting the Air Force Budget and Appropriations Liaison Office. In that role, Nicholas provided insight into the appropriations process, preparing Air Force senior leaders as they engaged with the Hill.

A native of Texas, Nicholas holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, and an M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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