Meet The Staff

Nicholas Chaney

Director of Policy & Communications

Nick Chaney serves as the Policy Director for Councilmember Simpson. He handles all policy and legislative matters. 

Most recently, Nick earned his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. Throughout his time as a Juris Doctor Candidate, Nick gained experience in immigration law at Northwestern University in Chicago and family law at the Legal Aid of Cincinnati and Children’s Law Center in Covington, Kentucky.

Originally from Columbus, Nick has called Ohio home his entire life and proud to call Cincinnati home for the past 8 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Xavier University, where he first became involved in politics. Nick currently lives in Hyde Park.

Beverly Hardy

Beverly Hardy

Office Manager

Beverly Hardy, in her 2nd act of life, serves as Office Manager for Councilmember Yvette Simpson. She is the initial point of contact for the office, is responsible for day to day office operations, and manages special projects such as Cincinnati Youth 2 Work, the city’s summer employment consortium. In this role, Beverly utilizes her workforce development experience from her former positions as Director of the Youth Employment Service (YES) with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Director of Youth Services with Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and Executive Director of the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL).

As wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Beverly’s faith and family are precious to her, and she covets her peace of mind and heart. Beverly lives in Kennedy Heights with her husband. She has two children and two grandchildren, who share her heart and her time.


Kate Christoff

Andria Y. Carter

Communications Director

Andria Y. Carter is a native Cincinnati and an award-winning journalist who serves as the Communications Director for Councilmember Yvette Simpson. She is responsible for all communications, social media and community engagement matters

Ms. Carter has worked in the news industry for 23-years for both weekly and small daily newspapers. Her expertise in the industry is breaking news, municipal, political and state coverage, business and community news. She is most proud of leading several newsrooms in their creation and implementation of its multimedia strategy for digital and print platforms.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Carter has worked at the Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, Texas; The Trentonian, Trenton, N.J.; The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La.; The Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, Pa.; and the Cincinnati Herald. She has also freelanced with several regional and national newspapers and magazines; blogs, and other digital platforms.

The guiding force of her news philosophy is a motto given to her as a cub reporter, "If it’s news today, it’s news to us."

She holds a journalism degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and is currently a master’s candidate at University of Maryland University College.

A believer that one must give back to the community Ms. Carter has volunteered with or served on the board with the Communications Committee with the Women’s City Club; Taylor County Literacy Council and Grapevine Farms, both in Abilene, Texas; the Central Board of Junior Achievement of New Jersey, Trenton, N.J.; the Junior League of Greater Princeton, formerly serving as co-development chair and winner of the 2009 Group Leadership Award; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Throughout her career Andria has won several awards and honors including: Presenting at 2009 Society for New Communication Research Symposium at Harvard, Boston, Mass. and at the 2009; Digital Hub Non-Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio; Trenton Public Education Fund – Key Award, 2010; Communications Careers Video-Films Media Group, Princeton, N.J.; Minority Fellowship-Newspaper Association of America; The James K. Batten Leadership and Career Development Fellowship-Newspaper Association of America; 2003 LifeCenter Media Award; Women in Communications-Cincinnati Chapter’s 2001 Gem Award for Journalistic Excellence; 2001 Applause! Magazine Imagemaker Award for Communications; and 1993 Keystone Press Award.