Michelle Nickens is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). She is the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program manager. Ms. Nickens assists in policy development, performance and program management, research and planning, outreach and publications development, and meeting coordination. Ms. Nickens provides support and assistance to the RISS National Policy Group (RNPG) chair, the RISS Directors, the RISS National Coordinator, and the RISS Technology Support Center staff; she also provides support for RISS partnerships. Prior to her position as the RISS manager, Ms. Nickens supported the efforts of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) and the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council. She played a major role in the development of the Fusion Center Guidelines and other Global products. Ms. Nickens has more than 18 years of experience supporting criminal justice programs and has been with IIR since 2003.
Prior to joining IIR, Ms. Nickens worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). She served as part of the team that drafted the Florida Domestic Security Plan after 9/11. Her last position with FDLE was as a policy and systems administrator, supervising and managing activities for the Florida Analyst Academy, investigative systems, and departmental accreditation. Ms. Nickens worked with FDLE leadership, including the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, and assisted with numerous requests from the Florida legislature and the Governor’s Office.
In 1999, Ms. Nickens graduated from FDLE’s Foundational Leadership Program and graduated from Leadership Tallahassee in 2002. In 2015, she was selected to participate in Leadership Florida Class XXXIV. Ms. Nickens has served on numerous boards and committees and has served as an adjunct instructor with St. Petersburg College. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University.