Nick Troiano is the founding executive director of Unite America, a philanthropic venture fund that invests in nonpartisan election reform to foster a more representative and functional government. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Primary Solution: Rescuing our Democracy from the Fringes (Simon & Schuster, March 2024).
Since 2019, Unite America has invested over $50 million to help win three major statewide ballot initiatives and over a dozen state legislative and municipal policy victories. In 2014, Troiano ran for the US House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 10th District and was both the youngest candidate of the cycle and the most competitive independent Congressional candidate nationally in over two decades.
Nick earned both his BA and MA in American government from Georgetown University and, as an undergraduate, cofounded an endowed Social Innovation and Public Service Fund. He regularly provides commentary to a range of media outlets on topics of democracy and politics, and he has been featured in three documentaries: Follow the Leader (PBS), Broken Eggs, and Unrepresented. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Interview on FOX News
Nick talked to Steve Hilton about America's Primary Problem.
Interview on MSNBC
Nick talked to Stephanie Ruhle about the primaries in Alaska and Wyoming.
It's The System, Stupid
July 28, 2023
On one thing, both sides should agree: Our presidential election system is broken. No Labels would not face such daunting odds, nor would their opponents have as much reason for concern, if we had a level playing field that facilitated more competitive elections capable of producing more representative outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Interview on C-SPAN
Nick explained Unite America's 2018 strategy to elect independent candidates to office.
Talk at Summit Series
Nick spoke about the election reform movement (2022).
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.
We hired "street teams" in Cleveland & Philadelphia to spread the word about our #VoteLocal campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
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.
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.
© 2014 Nick Troiano