Nick Rathod is a Managing Director at Red Fort Strategies. Mr. Rathod was the previously the founder and Executive Director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX). In 2014, Nick successfully merged several organizations together to form SiX, including Progressive States Network, Center on State Innovation, and the American Legislative Issues and Campaign Exchange (ALICE). Prior to SiX, Nick served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama-Biden Transition Team. In these roles, Nick served as President Obama’s liaison to states and U.S. territories. Nick also worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren to help with the building and establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), serving as the Bureau’s Assistant Director, in charge of Intergovernmental and International Affairs.
Nick has also served as a Senior Advisor to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senior Manager of State and Regional Affairs at the Center for American Progress, and Director of State Campaigns for Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. A lawyer by training, Nick has also worked as a civil rights attorney and community organizer, with a focus on language access, housing discrimination, and immigrant rights issues. He is a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering the South Asian community.