Business Institute Team

Nick Jones - Director, Strategy

Nick Jones joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as the Director of Regulatory Policy in 2020. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining NDIA, Nick worked in various strategy roles within Insitu, which is part of Boeing’s Autonomous Systems, and Portland General Electric where he worked on the commercialization of new technologies in the defense, maritime, and energy industries.

Nick began his professional career as a Naval Intelligence Officer (1630). His service included assignments with the Office of Naval Intelligence, Electronic Attack Squadron 128, and the Joint Interagency Task Force West. His overseas assignments included Prince Sultan Airbase, U.S. Embassy Manila, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

Nick is Board Chair of the Returning Veterans Project a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free healthcare services to post-9/11 veterans through a community of over 180 licensed healthcare providers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.


Sandra Hubbard - Business Institute Program Manager

Sandra Hubbard joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as the Program Manager of the Business Institute on December 6, 2021. She oversees all administration and implementation of Business Institute offerings as well as managing NDIA's external education and training partners and identifying new course opportunities. She is an experienced educator with approximately seven years of experience educating and training others.

Prior to joining NDIA, Sandra taught in Mississippi and the District of Columbia and served as the Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Teacher Corps at the University of Mississippi.  Sandra’s role as the Program Coordinator included observing, training, mentoring, and evaluating teachers as well as actively working with colleagues on an equity framework, COVID-19 Readiness Plan, and a project to make the program more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

As the Program Manager for the Business Institute, two of Sandra’s top goals include expanding the Business Institute and providing effective educational and training experiences.

Sandra is an honor graduate of the University of Mississippi, holding a Bachelor of General Studies with minors in Education, English, and Professional Writing, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. She is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was honored as Teacher of the Month while teaching in Mississippi.

Sandra is from Manassas, Virginia, and she currently resides in Virginia with her husband, Joshua.