April 21, 2011 Washington, D.C – The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) is pleased to announce that Nicole Kurokawa Neily has been named the new Executive Director of IWF. She will be working closely with Carrie Lukas, who remains Managing Director.

“IWF is thrilled to have Nicki assume this new leadership position to help us get out our message of how limited government and economic liberty can help put our country back on a path to prosperity,” said IWF Chairman Heather Higgins.

Neily has previously served as a senior policy analyst and senior fellow for IWF. Prior to returning to IWF, Nicole worked as director of research analysis for the Winston Group, a public opinion and message design firm, and was both manager of external relations and media manager at the Cato Institute. In addition, she has authored several papers for the Illinois Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity- Illinois.

“I’m honored to assume this new role,” said Neily. “The economic crisis facing our nation is unprecedented – and the only way to get our nation back on track is through a return to individual liberty, limited government, and truly free markets. I look forward to working with IWF and our allies to promote these values and make this country a better place for future generations.”

“Nicki’s been such a valuable asset to IWF. We are excited about all that she will do to further the organization and our cause,” said Carrie Lukas.


The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution. IWF is dedicated to building support for free markets, limited government, and individual responsibility. IWF seeks to combat the too-common presumption that women want and benefit from big government, and build awareness of the ways that women are better served by greater economic freedom. For more information, or to schedule an interview with Nicole Kurokawa Neily, please call Carol Eberly at ?202-631-0130 or email [email protected]; Neily can be reached at [email protected]