Nicholas Rathod

Nicholas Rathod

Nicholas Rathod is the Executive Director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX). Prior to SiX Mr. Rathod served as the Director of State Campaigns for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown, where he directed campaigns in the states to advance stronger gun violence prevention laws. Mr. Rathod also served in senior roles for the Obama Administration as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Assistant Director for Intergovernmental and International Affairs where he worked closely with Elizabeth Warren in building the structure of the CFPB and setting up the intergovernmental affairs and international operations for the agency. Prior to the CFPB, Mr. Rathod served as a Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. He also served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama-Biden Transition Team. In these roles Mr. Rathod set up the Intergovernmental Affairs office for the Obama White House and was primarily responsible for President Obama’s policy and political work in the states and US territories. Rathod has also served as a senior advisor to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senior Manager of State and Regional Affairs at the Center for American Progress. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Rathod worked as a civil rights attorney and community organizer focused on language access, housing discrimination and immigrant rights issues in minority and immigrant communities. He also is a founding member and former board of directors Chairman of South Asian American’s Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-profit dedicated to empowering the South Asian community. Mr. Rathod is the recipient of numerous awards including the American University Washington College of Law Alumni of the Year Award, National South Asian Bar Association’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award and the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation Award recognizing Mr. Rathod as one of Washington DC’s top public interest.