Yasmin Nelson is a senior policy advisor in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Nelson is an experienced policy strategist and advocate with more than a decade of experience building coalitions, with a focus on creating client-focused campaigns. She advises clients on legislative and regulatory issues before Congress, the White House and the administration.

Ms. Nelson has significant knowledge on issues related to finance, banking, housing, technology, healthcare and financial services, with an ability to communicate and advance complicated policy issues with political leaders, companies and stakeholders. She has served four senators and worked on a U.S. Senate committee, as well as on presidential and federal campaigns. She has a demonstrated history of bipartisan and bicameral work, aiding senators in passing legislation into law, shaping regulations and developing public policy proposals.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Nelson was a partner and senior principal within the policy resolution group of an international law firm in its Washington, D.C., office. She provided consult to Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, industry coalitions and trade associations through the legislative, regulatory and public affairs aspects of government advocacy campaigns. She also counseled clients on a broad range of issues, including financial services, tax, technology, gender policy, equity, cryptocurrency, energy, environment, banking and labor.

Previously, Ms. Nelson was the senior policy advisor to then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), where she was responsible for crafting and managing Sen. Harris' economic agenda, as well as advising on Congressional Tri-Caucus policy and political issues. As lead on Congressional Black Caucus for Sen. Harris, Ms. Nelson concentrated on advancing policy initiatives with a focus on equity and inclusion, along with efforts to propose policies that would reform the tax code, increase access to capital for small businesses and expand the social safety net and advocate for greater equity in federal programming.

Ms. Nelson also served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), as well as in the offices of Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), advising on economic and housing portfolios.

Ms. Nelson holds a certificate in Fiscal Policy and Safety Net from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as well as certificates in Economic Theory and the Application to Public Government, and Finance and the Economics of Taxation from Tax Foundation University. She also completed the We Lead Certificate Program for Women in Politics from the American University.


  • University of Maryland, MBA
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.A., Political Science and Writing
  • Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, President, 2017-2019; Board of Advisors, 2020-Present
  • Calvary Women Services, Board of Advisors, 2022-Present
  • Pay Our Interns, Board Member, 2022-Present
  • The Black Policy Institute, Board Member, 2022-Present
  • Black Women's Congressional Alliance (BWCA), Advisory Board Member, 2019-Present
  • Women in Government Relations, 2017-Present
  • Financial Services Professionals (FSP), 2015-Present
  • Chief, 2022-2023
  • Madam Policy Podcast, Co-Host, 2021-2023
  • Women's Congressional Staff Association, 2015-2019 
  • PowerSuit Group App, Founder, 2016 
  • University of Maryland Smith Association of Women MBAs, 2016
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Honors & Awards
  • Advocate on the Rise, Women in Government Relations – Excellence in Advocacy Awards, 2023
  • Top Lobbyists, National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, 2022
  • Top Lobbyist, The Hill, 2022
  • Rising Star on Capitol Hill, Black Women's Congressional Alliance (BWCA), 2018
  • Fellow, Bryce Harlow Foundation, 2017
  • Woman of the Year, The Black Policy Institute, 2022

Speaking Engagements