Nick DeSarno caught the political bug when he was 8 years old, reading about politics in the newspaper as part of his third grade journalism club. Fast forward a few decades and Nick, a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, already has experience with every level of government – working for his mayor, state assemblyman and senator, and Congressman, Tim Johnson.
Following Congressman Johnson’s retirement, Nick secured a position with the American Dental Association (ADA), where he directed the association’s digital advocacy campaigns to increase members’ political engagement. “I love being able to distill complex issues so people outside of the beltway are able to understand why they should care about this issue,” Nick said. He carried these skills to the Public Affairs Council where he leads the intersection of digital communications and advocacy. Nick is pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and is grateful to be a part of the Foundation’s fellowship program. “Bryce Harlow demonstrated the importance of ethical corporate political involvement, and I believe it is my responsibility to uphold those ideals,” Nick said.