Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services. In this role she helps to strengthen the competitive position of U.S. industries in domestic and foreign markets by coordinating Commerce Department strategies, policies, and programs with U.S. industries in mind.
Under Nicole’s leadership, Manufacturing and Services convenes experts both inside and outside of the federal government to develop solutions to the issues faced by U.S. industry; collaborates with Congress, with agencies across the federal government and with state and local governments to develop solutions to sustain and increase the global competitiveness of U.S. industry; and connects industry to the resources and tools available in the federal government to forge a path to sustainable, highly-skilled jobs for the 21st century economy.
Nicole most recently served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce where she assisted the General Counsel as the chief legal officer for the Department and legal advisor to the Secretary. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Nicole was the Managing Partner of the Detroit office of the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where she specialized in business restructuring in the manufacturing sector.
Nicole has been active in civic and community affairs throughout her career. She served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, by appointment of Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Detroit; and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; a member of The Links Incorporated; and a member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Nicole has been a frequent lecturer on restructuring matters with a particular emphasis in recent years on the automotive industry. She has received many honors for her accomplishments and leadership over the years including being named a Super Lawyer for three successive years and one of Detroit's Most Influential Women by a leading business publication. She received her B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1988 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale