Interim Executive Director
and Chief of Staff
Nikki Guilford leads NGA’s staff of professionals serving governors and their staff as the interim chief of staff and executive director. She is the chief executive in charge of all the association’s activities.
Nikki also serves as the director of NGA Consulting. In this role, she serves as a management consultant to governors and their senior staff providing guidance and best practices concerning the leadership and management of state government and the organization, operation and staffing of the governor’s office.
Guilford is NGA’s primary liaison to governors’ chiefs of staff. She provides on-site tailored consulting and organizes an annual series of professional development seminars for governors’ senior staff. Guilford also coordinates and manages the NGA biennial Seminar for New Governors.
Prior to her 11 years with NGA, Guilford has more than 12 years of public service experience in the legislative and executive branches of state government including seven years as the Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. In this role, she specialized in managing the business arm of state government including statewide human resources, collective bargaining, procurement, construction, real estate, information technology and equal opportunity. Additionally, she served on two gubernatorial transition teams and two large government reorganization projects.
Guilford holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University. She currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland, but will always be a Buckeye at heart.