Gissel Gazek-Nicholas

Gissel Gazek-Nicholas

Chief of Staff

Gissel  Gazek  Nicholas  serves  as  Chief  of  Staff  of  the  United  States  Hispanic  Chamber  of Commerce  (USHCC).  During  her  seven  years  at  the  USHCC,  Gissel  has  held  a  number  of executive  positions,  and  now  as  Chief  of  Staff,  she  plans  and  directs  all  administrative, financial,  and  operational  activities  for  the  organization.    She  provides  oversight  and guidance for the President & CEO’s high-priority  projects,  and  plays  a  key  role  in  the strategic planning for the organization encompassing both long and short-term agendas.

Before  joining  the  USHCC,  Gissel  served  in  the  international  division  of  the  United  States Chamber  of  Commerce,  focusing  on  Free  Trade  Agreements  in  Latin  America,  specifically DR-CAFTA.  Her role was raising public awareness around the benefits of trade with Latin America. Gissel’s expertise involved both the macro level, by evaluating FTA policies, and the micro level through grassroots organizing of special interest groups.

Previously,  Gissel  worked  at  the  National  Council  of  LaRaza  (now  Unidos  US)  in Washington  D.C.  where  she  helped  develop  strategic  partnerships,  assist  in  business development and content creation and coordination for the NCLR National Conference.

Gissel earned two graduate degrees at American University in Washington D.C.: A Master of Business  Administration  from  the  Kogod  School  of  Business,  and  Master  of  Arts  in International Affairs at the School of International Service. Gissel is fluent in Spanish.

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