Civic Entrepreneur. Political Reformer.
San Francisco, CA
Nick Troiano is a civic entrepreneur based in San Francisco, CA. He is the Executive Director of the Centrist Project, which aims to elect independent candidates to office in order to bridge the growing partisan divide.
Nick is active in leading efforts and supporting organizations that are aimed at strengthening American democracy and tackling our country's most pressing challenges. Most recently, Nick worked for Change.org on Change Politics – a non-partisan platform that empowers citizens to make informed decisions on Election Day. In 2016, he was named to the "Forbes 30 Under 30" for Law & Policy.
Nick ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 from Pennsylvania’s 10th District and drew national attention as both the youngest candidate and the most successful independent of the cycle, garnering over 22,000 votes. In 2012, Nick co-founded The Can Kicks Back campaign to advocate for bipartisan policies to reduce the national debt and was instrumental in the introduction of the INFORM Act to increase transparency in the federal budget. Previously, he served as National Campus Director for Americans Elect where he organized and supported student groups at over 300 colleges nationwide.
Nick earned a Master’s degree in American Government from Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate studies with honors and championed the creation of a $1 million Social Innovation and Public Service Fund. He has spoken on the topics of youth engagement, political reform, and fiscal issues to dozens of groups across the country, including along three national bus tours that collectively visited over 40 states. Nick has also provided commentary to a range of television, radio, and print media outlets and is featured in two documentaries, Follow the Leader (PBS) and Broken Eggs.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, photography, and travel.
Highlighted articles, op-ed's, and interviews
Troiano Campaign on MSNBC
The Can Kicks Back on Fox
Roll Call – May 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times – March 25, 2013
New York Times - February 22, 2013
Voting Made Simple
We produced an animated, overview video to announce the new platform in January 2016.
Online Town Hall
We partnered with the Des Moines Register to host the first-ever online, crowdsourced Q&A town hall with the 2016 presidential candidates.
We partnered with 9News/KUSA in Colorado to promote our personalized ballot guide to their viewers ahead of their June primary election.
We hired "street teams" in Cleveland & Philadelphia to spread the word about our #VoteLocal campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Nick Troiano ran an independent, citizen-funded campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 10th District in 2014.
Campaign Press & Letters
10th District Debate
Pocono Record: "Incumbent Congressman Tom Marino easily lost the debate. The winner was probably Troiano, although Brion too gave a strong performance."
About the Campaign
The Can Kicks Back was formed in 2012 to advocate for policies to reduce our long-term deficits in a bold, generationally balanced, and bipartisan way. Our Advisory Board included the co-chairs of the 2010 fiscal commission, Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simspon. The above video introduced the campaign and quickly went viral. Read our 2013 Annual Report.
Generational Equity Tour
The generational equity tour was a five-week, cross-country series of events organized with over 70 partner organizations on 20 college campuses –– featuring our mascot, AmeriCAN. At the tour's conclusion, more than 800 messages on tin cans were delivered to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. See the tour's blog.
The Intergenerational Financial Obligations Reform Act (INFORM Act) is a bipartisan bill, whose introduction was championed by The Can Kicks Back, to increase transparency in the federal budget. The INFORM Act has been endorsed by over 1,000 economists, including more than a dozen Nobel Laureates. Learn more.
In 2013, The Can Kicks Back released a report called "Swindled: How The Millenial Generation Will Pay the Price of Washington's Paralysis." It analyzed the effect our nation's unaddressed fiscal challenges will have on the millennial generation. The report also examines the fiscal gap: an estimate of the unfunded responsibilities that must be paid by future generations.
Highlighted speeches, talks, and panels
Panel on Generational Equity
Nick participated in a discussion hosted by the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
Panel on Social Security
Nick participated in a discussion hosted by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Delaware Valley Commencement
Nick's high school commencement speech as student body president (2007).
My Master's thesis on the under-representation of young Americans in the United States Congress, and its implications for American democracy.
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