Vice President – External Affairs
Nick Klitzing is Vice President of External Affairs at Atlantic Legal Foundation. As a member of the ALF leadership team, Nick works to expand ALF’s network of supporters in furtherance of our mission to advance the rule of law by advocating for individual liberty, free enterprise, property rights, limited and efficient government, sound science in judicial and regulatory proceedings, and effective education.
As a tested public affairs and communications professional with nearly two decades of experience at the intersection of public affairs, communications, law, and government, Nick has earned the trust of corporate executives, philanthropists, and high-ranking elected officials for his ability to achieve strategic objectives by activating grassroots networks, framing compelling media narratives, and leading record-breaking fundraising campaigns to support issue advocacy efforts.
A licensed attorney, Nick served as a prosecutor in St. Clair County, Illinois, early in his career, trying multiple felony cases and rising to the position of supervisor of the Juvenile Unit of the Children’s Justice Division. During law school, he served as a part-time law clerk for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Nick has also worked for Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and as a program assistant at the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that promotes democracy worldwide where McCain served as Chairman for 25 years.
He has extensive experience in his home state of Illinois, where he served as Executive Director and Special Counsel for the Illinois Republican Party, Deputy Campaign Manager & Special Counsel for former Governor Bruce Rauner, and a senior team member on multiple statewide, Congressional, and issue advocacy campaigns. Nick earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science and civic leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network and active in the McCain Alumni Club and McCain Institute at Arizona State University.