Nick Mastronardi, an accomplished economist, public servant, and business owner, was elected to the WPS Board of Directors in August 2018.
Mastronardi is Chief Executive Officer of Polco (based in Madison) and the National Research Center (based in Boulder, Colo.), specializing in scientific surveying, advanced policy polling, and analytics. These companies provide services to hundreds of cities across 40 states.
Earlier in his career, Mastronardi served as a Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the White House and as a Senior Economist leading several data science operations with Amazon.
Mastronardi earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Much of Mastronardi’s career has been devoted to military service. From 2004 to 2014, he was an active-duty officer in the Air Force. He served on the faculty at the Air Force Academy, as a physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, and continues to serve as an officer in the Air Force Reserve, working with the U.S. Cyber Command.