Nick Down

Senior Program Officer for Trustee & Government Affairs

Nick works closely with ACTA’s Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President of Strategy Armand Alacbay to monitor developing trends in higher education and public policy and determine appropriate responses. Nick also assists the Trustee & Government Affairs department with matters of trustee communications, public outreach, and by contributing to ACTA’s publications. Before joining ACTA, Nick worked on Capitol Hill as a seasoned Legislative Assistant for his hometown Congressman and then as an advocate for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. He obtained his Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2017, and a B.A. in Political Science from Rowan University in 2012. In his spare time, Nick enjoys bowling, reading, and spending time with his wife and their pets.


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