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Nick Rathod

Nick Rathod

Nick Rathod

Chairman of the Board

Nick has spent his career successfully building institutions, designing winning electoral and policy strategies and advising elected officials, celebrities, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders. Nick is currently the President and CEO of UpRising Strategies, LLC, where he and his team focus on public affairs for companies and organizations, building and executing winning state and federal electoral and issue campaigns, impact investing and designing philanthropic strategies for high net worth individuals. He was most immediately the founder and Executive Director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), which was created and designed to build progressive power in state legislatures around the country. In his three years at its helm, Nick merged several similar organizations together, grew SiX from an idea to a multimillion dollar organization with more than 30 staff and significantly impacted progressive state policy making in states across the country.

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, handling political and policy engagement as it relates to the states. Nick also worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren to help build and establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and later served 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.