Nicholas Rathod is the executive director of the State Innovation Exchange. Prior to leading this organization, Nick served as the director of state campaigns for Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, where he oversaw legislative campaigns around issues of gun safety and violence prevention. He also served as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) assistant director of intergovernmental and international affairs, where he helped build the structure of the CFPB.
Nick was U.S. President Barack Obama's Special Assistant and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the President.
Immediately prior to his White House appointment, Rathod served as Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama/Biden Transition team. As such, he represented, and spoke on behalf of the President-elect, at the inauguration of Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño, who although a Republican, heads a bipartisan administration that includes two notable Democrats, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and Kenneth McClintock, who was appointed by Fortuño as Secretary of State, and first in the line of succession.
A DC-based community organizer, he has been active in co-founding two organizations, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and, during the 2008 presidential campaign, South Asians for Obama (SAFO). He has also served as the Political Director for former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and as Senior Manager of State and Regional Relations at the Center for American Progress, founded by President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, John Podesta.
An Indian-American civil rights attorney, Rathod obtained his bachelor's degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University.