Nathaniel C. “Nate” Fick, is a CEO, board member, author, and Infantry Marine and Recon Marine. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 23, 1977 he attended Loyola Blakefield high school in Towson, Maryland. After graduating high school, he attended Dartmouth College, earning degrees in classical studies and government in 1999. At Dartmouth, Fick captained the cycling team to a U.S. National Championship and wrote a senior thesis on Thucydides‘ History of the Peloponnesian War and its implications for American foreign policy.
In 1998, after his junior year at Dartmouth, Nate attended the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduating college the following year. Nate served as Weapons Platoon Commander with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. He was an officer in the Amphibious Ready Group of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Darwin, Northern Territory training with the Australian Army for humanitarian operations deployment to East Timor until the September 11 attacks. He then led his platoon into Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom to support the War on Terror. Upon his return to the United States in March 2002, he was recommended for Marine reconnaissance training. He also completed Army Airborne School. He subsequently led Second Platoon of Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Fick left the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain in December 2003, and Captain Brent Morel took his place as platoon commander. Morel was killed in action in April, 2004. One Bullet Away is dedicated to Captain Morel.
After leaving the Corps, Nate used the GI Bill to attend Harvard University. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
After his achievements at Harvard University, Nate became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Center for a New American Security in 2008 and was later appointed CEO in June 2009. He was named one of the Fifty Most Powerful People in Washington by GQ magazine.
In December of 2012, Nate was appointed as CEO of Endgame, Inc., a cyber security software company based in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA. He also serves as an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a Trustee of Dartmouth, a member of the Military & Veterans Advisory Council of JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Young Presidents’ Organization and a life member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and Trout Unlimited.
Fick is the author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, a memoir of his military experience published in 2005 that was a New York Times bestseller, one of the Washington Post‘s “Best Books of the Year,” and one of the Military Times‘ “Best Military Books of the Decade.” He is also the author of, A Marine Officer’s Perspective on Modern Warfare and co-author of Triage: The Next Twelve Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan.