• Nick Troiano

    Civic Entrepreneur. Political Reformer.

    San Francisco, CA




    About Nick


    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.

  • The Latest

  • Media

    Highlighted articles, op-ed's, and interviews

    Troiano Campaign on MSNBC

    The Can Kicks Back on Fox



    Above: "We the People" documentary produced with Doug Bailey for Americans Elect in 2010.

  • Change Politics

    Change Politics is a non-partisan platform that empowers voters to make informed decisions on Election Day.

    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.

    Colorado Partnership

    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.

  • Congressional Campaign

    Nick Troiano ran an independent, citizen-funded campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 10th District in 2014.

    Campaign Recap

    • Won 22,691 votes (13%) – the highest of any independent U.S. House candidate running in a three-way race
    • Raised $167,893 from nearly 1,000 supporters – without accepting a dime from any PAC, lobbyist, union, or corporation
    • Collected 7,053 signatures to become the first independent in PA-10's history
    • Garnered over 250 press hits – including profiles in National Journal and Washington Post
    • Secured 21 endorsements from Mayors – from both parties and 11 different counties

    Watch the campaign's introductory video here

    Campaign Press & Letters

    Selected press:

    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."

  • The Can Kicks Back

    From 2012-2015, The Can Kicks Back engaged young Americans and elected officials to "stop kicking the can down the road" on addressing our national debt.

    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.

    INFORM Act

    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.

    "Swindled" Report

    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.

  • Speaking

    Highlighted speeches, talks, and panels


    Nick's TEDx talk on "The Internet and 21st Century Democracy" (2011). You can also watch's Nick's TEDxHendrixCollege talk on "Politics and the Common Good."

    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).

  • Research

    My Master's thesis on the under-representation of young Americans in the United States Congress, and its implications for American democracy. 

  • Get Involved

    Political reform / fiscal / millennial groups that I support or work with

  • Connect

  • Contact

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