Nikki Haley Named 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas
Published Friday, June 22, 2018 8:15 am

Nikki Haley Named 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley has been named the 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Chamber. The announcement was made on the final day of the chamber’s Intercity Visit to Atlanta. The award is the most prestigious honor given by the chamber and will be presented at organization’s Annual Meeting Nov. 27.

Haley serves as a member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and National Security Council. At the United Nations, she is focused on advocating for reforms that make the organization more efficient, transparent and accountable.

On the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Haley is working to defend Americans' interests and keep our country safe. She spearheaded negotiations for the unanimous passage of the strongest sets of sanctions ever placed on North Korea -- cutting off the regime's exports by 90 percent, and its access to oil by 30 percent.

Ambassador Haley is a champion for human rights. During her Security Council presidency in April 2017, she hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to the subject. Her first overseas trip as Ambassador was to visit camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey. And she is partnering with like-minded nations to reform the U.N. Human Rights Council, while challenging human rights violators across the globe.

Before becoming the 29th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Haley was elected in 2010 as the first female and first minority Governor of South Carolina. She was re-elected in 2014, where she served until she was appointed to President Trump’s cabinet in November 2016.

During her tenure as governor, the state's unemployment rate hit a 15-year record low and South Carolina announced jobs in each of its 46 counties. Governor Haley also ushered in the state's largest education reform in decades - as a result, education funding was made more equitable for schools in the state's poorest communities, reading in early grades became a priority, and classrooms were equipped with the latest technology.

Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of Indian immigrants, and a proud graduate of Clemson University, Ambassador Haley's first job was keeping the books for her family's clothing store - at the age of 13.

“Ambassador Haley exemplifies the very spirit of the Citizen of the Carolinas Award,” said Charlotte Chamber Chair Kendall Alley. “Her commitment to community, country and public service is evident in all that she does. As a fellow Carolinian, we’re honored to have her representation at the national and international level.”

Haley joins an impressive list of past winners that include Johnny Harris, Rick Hendrick, Erskine Bowles, Mac Everett, Dan DiMicco, Julius Chambers, Harvey Gantt, Leon and Sandra Levine, Ben Bernanke, Dean Smith, Marian Wright Edelman, Hugh McColl and Reverend Billy Graham among others.

For information about the 2018 Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting, click here.

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