Nate Reul
Year
2019

Born and raised in the Capital District, Nate is an accomplished public policy professional with experience in and passion for community engagement, advocacy, policy analysis, and government affairs at the local, state, and federal level. Dedicated to improving the lives of our most vulnerable populations, Nate is currently a Budget Examiner at the New York State Division of the Budget. At DOB, Nate oversees several of New York’s largest government social programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Prior to returning to upstate New York, Nate was Public Policy Manager at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), a national, membership-based nonprofit based in the Washington, DC area. Among his legislative accomplishments at CADCA, Nate helped to successfully develop and pass into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the first major federal addictions legislation in 40 years, along with dozens of other organizations over a two-year period. Additionally, Nate was a major driving force in development and passage of Lali’s Law, as well as inclusion of substance abuse prevention provisions within landmark education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Outside of his day jobs, Nate has volunteered on several political campaigns at the state and federal level, in positions that have brought him from door-to-door canvassing to developing campaign policies and platform development for candidates. These campaign roles have translated into successful grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns, as well as development of innovative community planning strategies for issues such as public health, transportation, and economic development.

Prior to joining CADCA, Nate had a stint on Capitol Hill, working in the DC offices of Congressman Raul Ruiz and Congressman Paul Tonko in the United States House of Representatives. While in the House, Nate worked on public health and healthcare policy, transportation, energy, environment, and other social policy issues, helping to research and develop legislation for the Congress Members’ offices.

Nate earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he majored in History and Psychology, with a minor in German. He earned a Master’s degree in History from the University of Maryland, College Park. In his spare time, Nate is an avid traveler with an interest in architecture and historic preservation, and enjoys brewing beer, hiking, and playing guitar and rugby. Nate currently lives in Albany, New York with his wife and cat.