MIL-OSI USA: Congresswoman Lee Honors Chief of Staff of Over Two Decades


Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Barbara Lee 13th District of California

June 23, 2022

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released a statement on the retirement of her Chief of Staff of over 20 years, Julie Nickson.  

“For two decades, Julie Nickson has been one of my most trusted and valued advisors,” said Congresswoman Lee. “She is a tremendous leader and public servant who has guided my office and me through several of the most historic events, from ending forever wars abroad to the ongoing battle against COVID-19. My gratitude to her and her family is unending, and I look forward to honoring her service this week as she begins her transition to the next chapter in her career.

“My staff and I will miss Julie tremendously and her departure is bittersweet. I am so happy that she will step into her calling at the American Cancer Society working to cure cancer. I will miss her brilliance, her passion, and her dedicated public service.

“I am excited to announce that Joyce Kazadi, an alumnus of the Biden-Harris administration, will serve as my new Chief of Staff. Joyce has extensive operational experience and has built a career as aiding change-makers and groundbreaking organizations, with consistent success developing operations and programs from the ground up; and managing change initiatives. We welcome her to Team Lee, and I look forward to continuing to work hard for the constituents of California’s 13th district.”

Joyce Kazadi previously served as the Director of Scheduling and Advance for USAID Administrator Samantha Power, where she oversaw the execution of the Administrator’s daily operations and trip planning. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States in the White House. Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Kazadi was then-Senator Kamala Harris’ Director of Advance for her presidential campaign, making her the first Black woman to hold this position on a major presidential campaign. In 2016 she worked for Secretary Hillary R. Clinton’s historic bid for president. In 2017, she joined the new media company Axios as Director of Partner Engagement, where she helped launch various verticals and products, including ‘Axios on HBO.’  

Joyce was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Georgia State University.


 Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.