Congressman-elect Ben McAdams announces chief of staff for UT-04 office

Congressman-elect Ben McAdams announced the hire of Nichole Dunn for the position of Chief of Staff in Utah’s 4th Congressional District office.

Nichole brings 20-plus years of public and nonprofit executive leadership, data-driven performance management, and public policy experience to the office of Congressman-elect Ben McAdams. Dunn is currently vice president of innovation and community impact for Results for America, a bi-partisan national nonprofit focused on helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve the country’s greatest challenges, improving education, workforce development, and economic mobility outcomes.

“Nichole is the finest example I know of a public servant who contributes to her community with tireless enthusiasm and a deep commitment to working across the political aisle to solve problems and achieve progress,” said McAdams. “She is an accomplished leader and will be very effective in this position.”

Prior to joining Results for America, Dunn served as deputy mayor and chief administrative officer to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams from 2013 to 2015.  In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of managing a $1.3-billion-dollar budget, she established an impressive track record of increasing accountability through strategic initiatives such as Pay for Success, criminal justice reform, collective impact projects, and data-driven decision making.

Nichole uniquely served as deputy mayor for two separate county administrations, appointed first by Mayor Peter Corroon from 2009 to 2013. Prior to this position, she served as Salt Lake County’s director of government relations from 2005 to 2009. Over her 10 years at Salt Lake County, Dunn built strong relationships among Democrats and Republicans. 

“I am thrilled to hear Nichole will be serving Utah again. She was an asset to Salt Lake County and always great to work with.  I am confident that Nichole will serve the residents of the 4th Congressional District with the same level of intelligence, diplomacy, and efficiency,” said Councilman Richard Snelgrove. 

Dunn earned her master’s in public administration from the University of Utah, where she also received her B.S. in behavioral science and health.  She holds an executive certificate in driving government performance from the Kennedy School of Government.

Nichole lives in the Washington D.C. metro area with her husband and two children.