CHRISTIAN. WIFE. DAUGHTER.
FORMER NAVAL OFFICER.
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS.
Nicole Kaltsas Rodden was born in Manhattan, New York. Her Ecuadorian mother and Greek father, who are first-generation Americans, moved the family to Georgia when Nicole was in her late teens. Nicole attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. She graduated from the academy in 2002 as a United States Coast Guard Third Mate, with the capability of shipping unlimited tonnage in any ocean. She also holds certificates in Marine Fire Fighting, Water Survival, Trafficking in Persons prevention, and Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense. Nicole served ten years in the United States Navy Reserves, leaving with a rank of Lieutenant.
After serving her country, Nicole spent time working in the private sector. Her military experience, marine licenses and certificates, and her ability to speak multiple languages were huge assets to her employer Transocean. Nicole facilitated the collaboration of international teams, implemented safety operations and procedures on large shipping vessels, and oversaw navigation, operational safety, drilling, and well control in the Black Sea.
Throughout her military service and private sector employment, Nicole has worked in over 25 countries. These experiences have provided her with a unique perspective on the world and a deep appreciation for the United States and our form of government.
Nicole now spends time volunteering in support of various anti-human trafficking efforts, including Princess Night with the Atlanta Dream Center, The Passport events, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. She is also a volunteer of Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine, participating annually since it was first launched in the 6th district. Lastly, Nicole teaches English as a second language to individuals studying to become United States Citizens.
Nicole is married to Robert Rodden. The two are members at First Baptist Church in Atlanta. They both are huge dog lovers and enjoy spending time with extended family.