Nicole A. Avant was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be Ambassador of the United States of America to The Bahamas. Following a unanimous confirmation of her nomination by the United States Senate, she was sworn into office by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton on September 9, 2009. U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant presented her Letters of Credence to the Governor General of The Bahamas, His Excellency Arthur D. Hanna, on Thursday, October 22, 2009.
Prior to her confirmation as the U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, Nicole Avant was the Southern California Finance Co-Chairwoman of the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. Most recently, Ambassador Avant served as the Vice President of Interior Music Publishing from 1998-2009.
Ambassador Nicole Avant was exposed to and raised amidst a culture of music, philanthropy and political passion. Being influenced by world leaders and international cultural icons led her to become a leader in education, entertainment, politics and philanthropy. She has worked tirelessly to mobilize and engage the younger generation towards greater charitable and political involvement. Ambassador Avant is committed to and passionate about children and ensuring that the less fortunate and disabled are afforded a quality education and equal access to meaningful employment.
For a number of years, Ambassador Nicole Avant was an active Board Member of both Best Buddies International and The Bogart Pediatric Research Program. Ambassador Avant also served as an Academic Counselor at the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a University of Southern California mentorship program for high school students that provided full academic scholarships as well as daily guidance and direction in social behavior and social responsibility. Due to her commitment to philanthropy, Ambassador Avant was named one of the American Cancer Society's Next Generation Leaders in 2007.