The National Football League announced that Nicole Gustafson will become its Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Gustafson will be based in the NFL office in Washington, D.C., where she will help develop the league’s public policy and legislative initiatives and work with NFL teams on local and state issues. She will begin next month in this newly created position.

Gustafson will report to Cynthia Hogan, the NFL’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs. “We are delighted to welcome Nicole to our policy team and look forward to the benefit of her deep experience and substantive approach to issues of public policy,” said Hogan.

Gustafson has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, having served most recently in the office of Representative Steve Scalise (Republican-Louisiana), where she advised the Whip on policy issues under the jurisdiction of committees including Judiciary, Homeland Security, Intel, Education, Oversight and Government Reform and House Administration.

Previously, Gustafson served as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Legislative Counsel to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Republican-Virginia) from January 2009-August 2014. She also worked for Senator John Cornyn (Republican-Texas) as Policy Director for his Conference Vice Chair office; for Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) as Judiciary Committee Counsel; as Executive Director of the House Pro-Life Caucus under the direction of Representative Chris Smith (Republican-New Jersey) and for Representative Steve King as Legislative Counsel, among other positions.