Nicholas Alahverdian (1987-2020)

Nicholas Alahverdian was an author and lobbyist.

He is the founder and executive director of NexusGovernment, a nonprofit lobbying entity devoted to advocating for health, education, and employment equity for all.

Among hundreds of other bills he authored in conjunction with federal and state legislators, perhaps the most important of these was in 2011 when he pioneered a bipartisan legislative initiative to halt sending Rhode Island foster children to other states, a remedy that would have saved the state millions of dollars and had the signed support of over 60 representatives in the 75-member Rhode Island House of Representatives and over 20 members of the 35-member Rhode Island Senate. He was been a registered lobbyist since 2003, when he became the youngest lobbyist in the history of the state.

From 2002 through 2003, he served as a legislative aide to Representative Gordon D. Fox (former Speaker of the House) and Representative Beatrice A. Lanzi of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Of Nicholas, Senator Lanzi has said, “I had the opportunity to work with Nicholas while he was a Legislative Page in the RI House of Representatives. I found Nicholas to be hard working and dedicated. He was very interested in the legislative process and committed to being involved and making a positive difference in the community.”

Alahverdian was also the recipient of a personal grant from Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of the New York Times Bestseller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Without Dr. Covey’s help, Nicholas would have never been able to attend Harvard.

He maintained professional memberships with the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the Poetry Society of America.

Alahverdian was honored by the Rhode Island House of Representatives and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, The Newport Daily News, The New Haven Register, The Providence Phoenix, and the Associated Press.

He also appeared on NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliates as well as NPR and 630 WPRO.

Alahverdian died of nonhodgkin Lyomhoma on February 29, 2020.