About the State Innovation Exchange

Elected officials and staff across the country are writing legislation that will shape our future. At SiX, we provide trusted, expert resources to inform and enhance that work. Together, we’re building the legislative wing of the progressive movement.

SiX aims to encourage cross-pollination among states, providing a platform for the best ideas to spread and grow. We’re an ally in tough fights, and we provide cover in places where our resources make the biggest impact.

With a SiX account, users can access a legislative library, follow the activity of key legislators, and track issues as they evolve in each of the states. It’s an unprecedented set of tools designed to ensure the best thinking on current issues is used to advance progressive legislation in all 50 states.

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Leadership

Nicholas Rathod, Executive Director

Nick Rathod became executive director of the State Innovation Exchange following the merger of PSN, CSI and ALICE. Prior to leading this organization, Nick served as the director of state campaigns for Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, where he oversaw legislative campaigns around issues of gun safety and violence prevention. He also served as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) assistant director of intergovernmental and international affairs, where he helped build the structure of the CFPB.

Previously, Nick served as a special assistant to the President and deputy director for intergovernmental affairs at the White House. He was responsible for setting up the Intergovernmental Affairs office for the Obama White House and was primarily responsible for President Obama’s policy and political work in the states and U.S. territories.

Nick served as a senior advisor to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and senior manager of state and regional affairs at the Center for American Progress. A lawyer by training, Nick has experience as a civil rights attorney and community organizer, with a focus on language access, housing discrimination, and immigrant rights issues. He is a founding member and former chairman of the board of directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering the South Asian community.

Nick is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American University Washington College of Law Alumni of the Year Award, National South Asian Bar Association’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award, and the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation Award, recognizing him as one of Washington, D.C.’s top public interest attorneys.

Joel Rogers, Founder

Joel Rogers is the founder of the State Innovation Exchange. He was the director of CSI and ALICE, both of which had first been projects of COWS, the high-road research and strategy center he founded and continues to direct at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joel is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at Wisconsin. He has written widely on American politics and public policy. Along with hundreds of articles, his books include On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, The Forgotten Majority, What Workers Want, American Society, and, most recently, Cities at Work. He is also a contributing editor at The Nation and Boston Review.

Joel is a longtime social and political activist in the peace, labor, civil rights, and environmental movements. Over his career, he has worked for or advised many governments, candidates, and movement leaders, and helped found and operate several progressive NGOs, including the Center for a New Democracy, New Party, Economic Analysis Research Network, Apollo Alliance, and Emerald Cities Collaborative.

Along with many academic honors, Joel is a recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation’s annual “genius” prizes. Newsweek identified him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.

Advisory Board

Aniello Alioto, ProgressNow

Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Peter Ambler, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)

Ady Barkan, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

Jeremy Bird, 270 Strategies

Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work (FV@W)

Christine Chen, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Ron Collins, Communication Workers of America (CWA)

Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club

Richard Eidlin, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

Stephen Geer, Geer Strategies, LLC

Arkadi Gerney, Center for American Progress (CAP)

Andrew Gillum, Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network)

Ben Goldfarb, Wellstone Action

Sondra Goldschein, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Sarita Gupta, Jobs With Justice (JWJ)

Michael Huttner, The Huttner Group

Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

Margarida Jorge, Women’s Equality Center (WEC)

Jeremy Kalin, Eutectics Consulting LLC

Cietta Kiandoli, State Voices

Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Zinelle October, American Constitution Society (ACS)

Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Demos

Deepak Pateriya, Center for Community Change (CCC)

Kal Penn, Actor and Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

Michelle Ringuette, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Peggy Shorey, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

Melanie Sloan, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Greg Speed, America Votes

Mitch Stewart, 270 Strategies

Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Robyn Thomas, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV)

Gloria Totten, Progressive Majority

Jason Waskey, Environmental Consultant and Former OFA State Director

Jenn Watts, New Organizing Institute (NOI)

Buffy Wicks, Priorities USA Action

Ben Wikler, MoveOn.org

Karundi Williams, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Brad Woodhouse, American Bridge 21st Century (AB21)

FAQ

Where did the State Innovation Exchange come from?

SiX combines the resources of three previously independent state policy non-profits: the Progressive States Network (PSN), the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE), and the Center for State Innovation (CSI). Consolidating resources from each of these organizations allows SiX to offer an unprecedented home for state and local elected officials to discuss and drive progressive policy initiatives, building on the best ideas and the greatest successes from across the country.

What resources does SiX offer?

To begin with, our library of legislation allows you to look at model legislation from across the country on a range of issues. For additional resources specific to any of our campaigns, visit the campaigns page.

Can anyone join SiX?

Yes. You don’t need to be an elected official, or even work for one, to join SiX. You don’t need an account to access our library of legislation and learn about our campaigns, but by creating an account, you can choose topics to focus on and see the information most relevant to your work or your interests, whenever you log in.

Who runs SiX?

Our team consists of our SiX staff, as well as an advisory board that guides the organization’s direction. Learn more about our leaders here.

What can I do to support SiX?

Thank you for your support! If you find our resources helpful, sign up to receive e-mail updates from us. Share SiX with your friends and colleagues through Twitter, Facebook, or email. Finally, consider making a donation to help us continue moving this work forward.