Nick Troiano, Executive Director


Nick joined the Centrist Project’s Founders Circle in 2014, Operating Board in 2015, and staff in October 2016. He has spent the last decade leading political reform campaigns.

Most recently, Nick helped launch’s new elections platform as the company’s Senior Politics Manager. Previously, he co-founded and ran The Can Kicks Back, an organization that advocated for bipartisan deficit reduction proposals. Nick also ran for U.S. Congress as an independent in 2014 in Pennsylvania’s 10th District, winning over 22,000 votes and gaining firsthand experience with the challenges facing independent candidates. 

Nick graduated with a MA in American government from Georgetown University and was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for Law & Policy in 2016.

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Joel Searby, Senior Strategist


Joel Searby is a veteran campaign operative with over 10 years’ experience in the realm of political campaigning, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Joel spent a decade in consulting with one of the largest firms in the Southeast, serving as CEO beginning in 2014. His firm served clients in 17 states from federal to local. In 2016, feeling a strong calling to step into the presidential mess, he left the firm to run Evan McMullin’s historic independent presidential campaign.


Tyler Fisher, Deputy Director


Tyler brings a diverse background to his jack-of-all-trades role at the Centrist Project. Past experience includes time on campaigns, at think tanks, and leading grassroots organizations. He has degrees in government and economics from George Mason University.


Andrew Short, CO Political Director


Andrew is the former Executive Director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund, the State Senate arm of the Colorado Democratic Party. There, he oversaw field operations, targeting, candidate recruitment, messaging, and fundraising for Senate Democrats. Prior to that, he was Statewide Field Director for the ACLU of Colorado.



Kelsie Hower, Finance Manager


Kelsie has worked in fundraising at all levels for Republican candidates, in Colorado and across the country. She most recently was a Principal at Crimson Strategies, an all-inclusive political and non-profit consulting firm.



Tavis Malcolm, Marketing and Membership Director


Tavis is the former Director of Marketing for Revolution Prep, an education startup. He is a specialist in lean marketing strategies and high-frequency optimization.



Kyle Butts, Communications Director


Kyle brings broad experience across public affairs to his role with the Centrist Project.  A communicator with a political research background, Kyle has previously worked with a diverse set of industries and organizations, from major American manufacturers and trade associations to small advocacy groups, task forces, and start-ups.



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