Nikolas Pascual, former Chief of Staff to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, is joining Ballard Partners, one of the top government relations firms in the United States, as a partner in its Miami office.
“Miami is the most dynamic city in America and Nik has helped make it so during his public service with Mayor Suarez,” said Brian Ballard, the firm’s President and Founder. “Our firm’s clients will be uniquely served by Nik’s rare insights and exceptional relationships.”
As Chief of Staff to Mayor Francis Suarez, Pascual managed the Office of the Mayor and oversaw the mayor’s Legislative and Policy Agenda. Under Nikolas’s leadership, the city achieved record-breaking results, including the lowest tax rate in Miami’s history, the lowest homicide rate in over 60 years, and the largest tech migration in history.
“Nik has been an exceptional leader on my team at City Hall, and I am grateful for his service to our city and wish him the best in his professional endeavors at Ballard Partners,” said Mayor Francis Suarez.
Prior to his role as Chief of Staff, Nikolas served as a Senior Advisor to the City Manager, where he led the city’s government relations team and secured record-breaking funding for Miami in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. He also helped create the city’s first Economic Development Agency, Venture Miami.
“I am excited to be joining the great team of professionals at Ballard Partners and look forward to helping the Miami office build on its remarkable success,” said Pascual.
Nikolas began his career as a Legislative Aide in the Florida House of Representatives for Representative Jose Felix Diaz and later joined Speaker Jose Oliva’s office. During his tenure in Tallahassee, Miami-Dade County and South Florida achieved some of their most successful legislative sessions.
Outside of work, Nikolas volunteers his time with several non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Home Society and Camillus House. He earned his Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Florida International University, where he continues to mentor students.
Nikolas is a Miami native and resides there with his wife Blislainey and their three children.