Henry Nickel was elected to San Bernardino's 5th Ward City Council seat in a special election on February 4, 2014. He currently serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the Legislative Review Committee, and Chairman of the Grants Committee.
Henry was born in San Bernardino. His family roots within the region extend more than a century. He received his undergraduate degree in communication, legal institutions, economics and government in 1999 from American University in Washington, DC. He holds a graduate degree in National Security Studies with honors from California State University San Bernardino. Additionally, he attended the Campaign Management and Lobbying Institutes at the prestigious American University Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
As a student he served internships with both the City of Redlands and the district office of U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Henry assisted overseas voter registration efforts in Germany. From 2001 to 2003 he served as a financial analyst with the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Public Debt, Office of Financing in Washington, DC.
In 2005 he returned to the Inland Empire, establishing a career in transportation with the Riverside County Transportation Commission. In 2007 he was appointed by the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors to serve on the Inland Empire HIV Planning Council, responsible for funding HIV treatment programs throughout both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He served two terms as chair of the council until completing his term in 2013.
In 2012 he was elected to the San Bernardino County Republican Party Central Committee and Secretary of the county party in 2013, reelected in 2015. Henry remains committed to lifelong learning, family and community service. He brings nearly 20 years experience in government, financial services, business, transportation and public health. Henry consistently advocates for active civic engagement, an improved economy and better quality of life within San Bernardino and throughout the region. He is honored to serve the constituents of the 5th Ward and City of San Bernardino.