Nick Dranias

Policy Advisor and Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

Nick Dranias is a policy advisor and research fellow for The Heartland Institute and president and executive director within the Office of the President of Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. He also maintains a limited side practice of law and policy analysis. 

Dranias previously served as general counsel and constitutional policy director for the Goldwater Institute, where he held the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and directed the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government. Dranias led the Goldwater Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the Supreme Court.

Dranias also serves as a constitutional scholar, authoring scholarly articles dealing with a wide spectrum of issues in constitutional and regulatory policy. His latest significant works are "In Defense of Private Civic Engagement" (Heartland Institute) and "Introducing 'Article V 2.0:' The Compact for a Balanced Budget" (Heartland Institute/Federalist Society). Prior to joining the Goldwater Institute, Dranias was an attorney with the Institute for Justice for three years and an attorney in private practice in Chicago for eight years.

In law school, Dranias served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Review, competed on Loyola’s National Labor Law Moot Court Team, and received various academic awards. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in economics and philosophy.