Nick is a gifted speaker, thought leader, coach and facilitator. He 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 counties and cities 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 ICMA, National League of Cities, Harvard Government Innovators Network, Alliance for Innovation, Exago, Governing magazine, Government Technology magazine as well as podcasts with StrongTowns, National Research Center, Cartegraph, Bang The Table, Polco and Engaging Local Government Leaders.
Nick is now an inspirational keynote speaker and facilitates and trains across the country on adapting to change, building SustainovationTM and developing High-Performance Government, including organizational training, strategic facilitation, leadership retreats, process improvement workshops and consulting to fit the clients needs. Nick is a dynamic TEDx speaker (Life 2.0) 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.