Director of Digital and Policy Communications
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Nick DeSarno is the director of digital and policy communications for the Public Affairs Council. In this capacity, he is the Council’s lead expert on digital advocacy topics and convenes the industry’s leading executive education programs on public affairs communications strategies. Nick has led executive training sessions across the globe for dozens of Fortune 100 companies and has been quoted as a digital communications expert in various outlets including: The Washington Post, The Hill, BuzzFeed and The New York Times.
Prior to joining the Council, Nick was the manager of grassroots advocacy at the American Dental Association, where he managed numerous digital advocacy campaigns on the federal and state level. In addition, he built out their political education programing and increased political engagement among the association’s 158,000 dentist members.
Previously, Nick served as deputy communications director for a member of Congress from Illinois. A New Jersey native, Nick got his start as a legislative aide and deputy campaign manager to his home-town state senator and assemblyman.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of public policy from George Mason University where he was selected as a Bryce Harlow Fellow. Nick currently lives in the United Kingdom and works in Washington, DC and Brussels.