Founder & President
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Education: BA History/American Studies, Northwestern University
PhD Sociology, Princeton University
Nick has served as CEO & Founder of Blue Engine since 2009. He began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C., joining forces with local philanthropists in 2002 to launch the nonprofit Project 312 in partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. The partnership secured over $1M in commitments for a ten year, comprehensive youth development program for his fourth-grade students – many of whom are now struggling to make it in the world of higher education. In 2003, Nick began graduate work in sociology at Princeton University as a William G. Bowen fellow, and later returned to DC study his former students as they navigated one of the lowest-performing school districts in the nation. His dissertation—Yellow Brick Road—explores the negative effects of academic underperformance on the transition from high school to college. Nick was selected as a finalist for the Washington D.C. First-Year Teacher of the Year award and the national Teach For America Sue Lehmann Award. He was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010 and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2011.