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Nick Sinai

Senior Advisor

Nick Sinai is a Senior Advisor at Insight Partners. Nick works with portfolio companies entering and growing in the public sector.  Nick is a board member at BrightBytes, an analytics platform for K12 education. 

Nick joined Insight in 2014 from the White House, where he was U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer. At the White House, Nick led President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives, co-authored President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order making open and machine-readable the default for new government information, led the relaunch of Data.gov, and was a national advocate for open government data. Nick also co-led the Open Government Initiative to ensure the Federal Government is more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. Nick helped start and grow the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which brings entrepreneurs, innovators, and technologists into government. In January 2017, in his very last act in office, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation that makes the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program a permanent part of the Federal government going forward.

Prior to the White House, Nick led a team at the Federal Communication Commission and played a key role in crafting the National Broadband Plan.

While in government, Nick was named to the FedScoop 50, the Top 25 Most Influential People Under 40 in Gov and Tech, and the 25th edition of the Federal 100.

Prior to serving in government, Nick was in the venture capital industry at Lehman Brothers Venture Partners (now Tenaya Capital) and Polaris Partners. Nick co-established the new Boston office of Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, sourced investments, and served as a board representative and advisor to portfolio companies. Previously, at Polaris Partners since 2004, Nick helped invest in almost a dozen Internet, software, communications and clean technology companies, including an early stage investment in LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) and a growth equity investment in Confluence, a financial technology company.

Nick has also served in executive and advisory roles with two Boston area start-up technology companies, and as a senior advisor to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Nick started his career as a management consultant in telecom, Internet, and media.

Nick is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught an award-winning field course on technology and innovation in government. Nick was the inaugural recipient of the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.  

Nick is an advisor to Upsolve, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that improves consumer access to Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, and Coding It Forward, a nonprofit that places computer science, data science, and design students in federal agencies.  

Nick earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. Nick is a Berkeley, CA native, a private pilot, and the father of twin girls.