Nick O’Connell is the deputy director for public sector partnerships at the Atlantic Council. Since joining the Council in March 2021, he has worked with the programs and centers on business development and partnerships with public sector funders. O’Connell now manages the Council’s US government funding portfolio by identifying opportunities, writing proposals, and negotiating awards, while ensuring compliance with federal regulations. He also contributes regularly to the Atlantic Council’s Italy project, a collaboration between the Europe Center and Middle East Programs.  

Before joining the Atlantic Council, O’Connell worked with the Iowa Democratic Party through the 2020 election cycle; a 2019 regional election in Emilia Romagna, Italy; and a Lampedusa-based nonprofit Migrants of the Mediterranean from 2017 to 2019. O’Connell graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in history and international studies. He is fluent in English and Italian.