Nick is the author of the best-selling government innovation book “Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time,” and spent the last 15 years in government, most recently as a Chief Innovation Officer. He has won three national innovation awards and founded one of the first five government innovation offices in the country. During his government career, Nick directed 17 different divisions and developed over 65 unique or first-of-their-kind pilot projects while directly generating $7.8 M in savings and pioneering the concept of Innovation Value.
Nick has founded innovation offices in a variety of political climates and geographies across the US, and consulted with cities such as Kansas City, Austin and San Jose on government innovation. He has written and spoken extensively as a government thought leader and motivator, including pieces for the Harvard Government Innovators Network, Alliance for Innovation, Exago, and Governing Magazine, as well as podcasts with StrongTowns, National Research Center and ELGL.
Nick now keynotes and trains across the country on building SustainovationTM in government, and partners to deliver the concepts of High-Performance Government to Cartegraph’s customers. Nick is a dynamic TEDx speaker (Life 2.0), keynote and government performance and innovation coach from Colorado, delivering a powerful message—and in his main time, he is a father, husband, BBQ champ and avid disc golfer.