Nick Troiano is a civic entrepreneur based in Denver, CO. Since 2016, he has served as Executive Director of Unite America, a national organization that aims to bridge the partisan divide by enacting structural political reforms and electing candidates who put people over party.
Nick is active in leading efforts and supporting organizations that are aimed at strengthening American democracy and tackling our country's most pressing challenges. Previously, 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. He also 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 civic 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 three documentaries, Follow the Leader (PBS), Broken Eggs, and Unrepresented.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, photography, and travel.
A movement to bridge the partisan divide.
Overview: Unite America Fund
This video gives an overview of the Unite America Fund –– which aims to mobilize new resources to scale and accelerate the non-partisan democracy reform movement.
Podcast: How Do We Fix It?
In this podcast, Nick explains Unite America's recently refined strategy to support structural political reforms and independent-minded candidates in both parties' primaries.
Interview on C-SPAN
Nick explained Unite America's 2018 strategy to elect independent candidates to office.
A highlight of some recent writings.
September 25, 2020
The time for reform is now. What hangs in the balance is not a single Supreme Court seat, but the legitimacy of our entire experiment of democratic self-governance.
May 29, 2020
The best way out of our current crisis is to simultaneously help prevent the next one –– by improving our democracy and fostering a much healthier body politic.
April 27, 2017
Macron's success offers hope that leaders can channel the electorate's anti-establishment anger in a way that unites rather than divides people across partisan and cultural lines.
TV & Documentaries
Highlighted television interviews.
Troiano on A Plus
Topic: 2020 Election Integrity
Troiano on Fox Business
Topic: Howard Schultz's potential candidacy.
Troiano on MSNBC
Topic: Nick's Congressional campaign.
Troiano on PBS' The Open Mind
Topic: Reclaiming the political center.
Troiano on Fox News
Topic: The national debt & The Can Kicks Back.
Nick's work on democracy reform was featured in this film about our broken political system.
Documentary: Broken Eggs
Nick's work on fiscal reform was featured in this film about America's looming retirement crisis.
Highlighted speeches and talks.
Panel: Political Trends in CO
Nick participated in the opening panel at "The Energy Summit" to discuss political trends in the state of Colorado (2019).
Talk at "Unrig the System"
Nick makes the case for independent leadership in this short "spark" talk.
Delaware Valley Commencement
Nick's high school commencement speech as student body president (2007).
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.
Short films Nick produced.
We the People
A 2010 documentary Nick co-produced, shot, and edited with Doug Bailey for Americans Elect.
Buried in History
A 2010 documentary Nick edited & co-produced about buried weapons in Washington, DC.
One Year in Washington
A 2011 video Nick co-produced for Americans Elect, using photography from a time-lapse photography project he ran for four years.
Nick's Master's thesis on the under-representation of young Americans in the United States Congress, and its implications for American democracy.
Roll Call – May 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times – March 25, 2013
New York Times - February 22, 2013
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