Nick Buro is a Vice President at Rodriguez Strategies
Nick is an expert in public affairs organizing and coalition management. He excels at identifying and activating opinion leaders to publicly engage in efforts promoting policy solutions on behalf of Rodriguez Strategies’ clients. Nick also oversees grassroots participation for the firm’s earned and paid media campaigns.
Nick serves as Rodriguez Strategies’ "road warrior” working in multiple cities and counties from Southern California to the Bay Area. His organizing has also taken him to other states including Colorado, Maine and New Mexico. Nick’s experience ranges from door to door voter contact to educating and activating business owners, local chambers of commerce, community organizations, and opinion leaders. He is the firm’s team lead for hiring and managing canvassers and possesses a keen ability to quickly train and scale field teams to meet the needs of campaigns.
Nick is the lead organizer for the Pew Charitable Trusts in California and manages all outreach pertaining to Pew’s conservation of marine life and healthy marine ecosystem advocacy campaigns in the West. He has built a statewide coalition of vested stakeholders that range from the angling community to restaurant chefs and owners, as well as various non-governmental organizations. His work includes the cultivation of close working partnerships with the International Game Fish Association, Oceana, Wild Oceans and the Coastal Conservation Association. Nick is also responsible for driving attendance from these coalition members to Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings, which take place five times a year. Nick can often be found at forums, conferences and organizational meetings briefing stakeholders up and down the coast.
Nick’s other work also includes advocating for micro-mobility in California, having worked with Lime electric scooters to facilitate the company’s entrance into local California markets by building community support. Nick spearheaded outreach in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Long Beach and Riverside, where his work included setting up meetings with city councilmembers, public works department staff, neighborhood councils, chambers and community cycling and mobility groups.
Nick’s field experience also includes leading voter contact for a large-scale residential development project in the Inland Empire. He designed canvasser scripts along with a qualitative survey utilizing PDI software in order to gauge community attitudes toward additional development. As part of the survey, canvassers captured video stories to share with local decision-makers. Other organizing work includes management roles on behalf of the American Beverage Association, having led field teams and coalition building for campaigns in the Bay Area, Santa Fe and Boulder. Nick continues to be a valuable asset in third party recruitment around various local and state policy initiatives for the association.
Before coming to Rodriguez Strategies, Nick worked at The Painted Turtle, a not-for-profit camp for children with serious medical conditions. He managed large scale fundraising events, community coordination, individual and organizational gift giving. Prior to his time in the non-profit world, Nick worked in sales for the financial investment education industry.
Nick earned his bachelor's degree in Government and International Politics at George Mason University. He currently resides in Culver City, California.