UPS Foundation gets a new leader: Nikki Clifton takes helm


UPS has announced the appointment of Nicole “Nikki” Clifton as President of Social Impact and The UPS Foundation, effective November 01. She takes over the reins from veteran Eduardo “Ed” Martinez who had a distinguished 44-year career with the parcel delivery specialist.

Nikki will lead UPS’s global philanthropy, social impact and community engagement efforts as part of UPS’s new Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability team.

Nikki previously served as Vice President, Public Affairs, and led UPS’s workforce policy, legislative advocacy and external affairs engagement with members of Congress and with states’ attorneys general. She has been instrumental in UPS’s response to human rights and social justice issues, including leading UPS’s anti-human trafficking awareness engagement. She also leads the UPS Equity, Justice and Action Task Force, a cross-functional leadership team working to dismantle systemic racism where UPS is best positioned to drive change.

“Nikki’s wealth of experience in the corporate, legal and non-profit sectors has prepared her to step into this vital role at a pivotal time for our organisation,” said UPS Chief Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer Laura Lane. “Her integrity, vision and passion make her ideal to lead our corporate social responsibility initiatives as we navigate challenges and opportunities to help build safer, more resilient and inclusive communities around the world.”

Nikki began her UPS career in 2003 as Labour & Employment Counsel, advising on workforce issues in business units around the country. Prior to joining UPS, she practiced labor and employment law at Delta Air Lines and Alston & Bird LLP.

She was appointed to the Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking, serves on the Advisory Board for the CARE Global Network Leaders, and served as a Board Member for the National Black Child Development Institute, among other organisations.

Nikki earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in communications from Howard University’s Annenberg Honors Program and her JD from the University Of Georgia School Of Law.


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