Note: Affiliations listed for informational purposes only.
- 1 Current Board Members
- 2 Past Board Members
Current Board Members
Policy Analyst, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
- Joanne Caddy has over 15 years of experience in the comparative analysis of public engagement and public governance. Her current work focuses on open and inclusive policy making which will be published as “Focus on Citizens: Public Engagement for Better Policy and Services” (OECD, 2009). Author and editor of numerous OECD reports, including "Citizens as Partners: Information, Consultation and Public Participation in Policy-making" (2001) "Promises and Problems of E-democracy: Challenges of Online Citizen Engagement" (2004), and "Evaluating Public Participation in Policy Making" (2005). In 2006, she was seconded to the New Zealand State Services Commission (SSC) for a year, where she served as a Senior Adviser and helped draft the SSC “Guide to Online Participation”. This Guide was written on a wiki, with inputs from a broad community of practice, and was published online in 2007. She has a keen interest in the application of new technologies, the Internet and participative web platforms to the work of government. She is a staunch believer in exploring innovative ways to leverage networks to develop, discuss and disseminate policy relevant knowledge. She is a member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). She lives in Paris, France.
Anne R. Carroll, Vice Chair
Owner, Carroll, Franck & Associates
- Anne Carroll has been a strategic planner and public involvement consultant for over 20 years, serving primarily the public sector. She specializes in designing and leading authentic and transparent public participation processes, bringing underrepresented voices to the table, and using innovative approaches to gather meaningful input. For a number of years she has taught strategic planning and public participation design to graduate students at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She mentors young professionals, provides training in inclusive public participation design and online P2 tools, and co-authored with Dr. John Bryson the Public Participation Fieldbook (2007). In addition to serving on the board of E-Democracy.Org, she helped form two E-Democracy.Org Issues Forums and is actively involved in her own local Forum. Anne serves on the board of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), is an elected member of the St. Paul (MN) Board of Education, and is on the boards of the Hmong Arts Connection, Minnesota Thunder P.L.U.S. (leadership development for urban and immigrant youth), and serves on a statewide diversity committee for the Minnesota League of Women Voters. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Director of e-Strategy, Tunheim Partners
- As Director of e-Strategy, Tunheim Partners' Internet marketing practice, David Erickson specializes in strategic online communication. David has been marketing online since 1995, first as a freelancer, and then in 1997 as the founder and president of e-Strategy. For the next 10 years, he conceived and executed countless strategic Internet marketing plans on behalf of his clients. David joined Tunheim Partners in 2008. In 1998, David co-founded MN-Politics.com and he is a former co-publisher of Politics In Minnesota and co-hosted a political talk radio show. He is a former Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. David blogs about strategic online communication at his e-Strategy Internet Marketing Blog. He has been involved with E-Democracy.Org as either a participant or a volunteer since 1994. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Founder and Managing Director, Headstar
- Dan Jellinek is co-founder and managing director of Headstar, a publishing, research and events company focusing on technology, government and social issues. Headstar is a pioneer in email publishing and online debate. Its publications include E-Government Bulletin; and E-Access Bulletin which access to technology by people with disabilities. Headstar also carries out work for the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), writing technology policy briefings for MPs and Peers. In Dan’s early career as a journalist he contributed extensively to The Guardian and the BBC’s WebWise campaign to help adult internet beginners. In 2001 he was a co-founder (with Tom Steinberg, James Crabtree and Derek Parkinson) of VoxPolitics, a think-tank examining the use of the internet in elections. Dan is chair of the Sussex Community Internet Project, a non-profit body helping community and voluntary groups in the South of England to use ICT. In 2004 Dan was voted among the top 10 people worldwide having the greatest impact on the way the internet is changing politics at the Fifth World Forum on e-Democracy in Paris. He lives in Brighton, England.
Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC)
- Matt Leighninger is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), a network that includes the major organizations in the field of deliberation and democratic governance. The DDC includes practitioners and researchers representing more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance practice at all levels of government, in North America and around the world. Over the last fourteen years, Leighninger has worked with citizen involvement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and three Canadian provinces; roughly 25,000 people have taken part in those projects. Most of this work was supported by Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center), of which he is a Senior Associate. Leighninger has also been a consultant to the National League of Cities, Centers for Disease Control, NeighborWorks America, and the League of Women Voters. His first book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance – and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same, was released in early 2007 by Vanderbilt University Press. He in an American who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Councillor, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, England
- Mary Reid lives in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, England where she has served as a local councillor since 1997, representing the ward of Chessington North and Hook. She currently holds the post of Chair of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee. From 2004 to 2006 she held the Executive portfolio for Children and Young People's Services, and before that, for two years, her portfolio was Participation and Communication. She served as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames for the year 2006-2007. Mary has a deep interest in e-government, and in e-democracy in particular. From November 2003 to March 2006 she chaired the UK Local e-Democracy National Project. When that project ended she joined the Board of the International Centre of Excellence for Local e-Democracy as Vice Chair. Mary worked professionally in further education for many years and writes educational books on IT related subjects under the name K Mary Reid. Her own University education covered Philosophy, Education and Computing over three degrees, including an MSc in Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems from Imperial College, London.
Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Online Advocacy, Center for American Progress Action Fund
- Alan Rosenblatt is a long-time and frequent speaker and author on digital media, advocacy, and politics. He is the founder of the Internet Advocacy Center and the Internet Advocacy Roundtable; an adjunct/visiting professor at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and American Universities, where he teaches graduate courses on the internet, politics and media. He also blogs at the award-winning TechPresident.com and DrDigiPol.com. Alan is a founding team member of Media Bureau Networks (MBN) streaming media services; a contributing editor to Politics Online; and serves on the editorial review boards of several scholarly journals dedicated to the study of the internet, politics, and government. He was a Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet in 2008. He taught Political Science at George Mason University for nine years during which time he launched the first-ever internet politics course. He has served as vice president for Online Advocacy Services division at Stateside Associates and director of training programs at e-advocates (now called 720 Strategies). Alan Rosenblatt has a Ph.D. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Tufts University. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
David R. Woolley, Board Chair
- David R. Woolley has been a pioneer in online conferencing for over 30 years. In 1973 he created PLATO Notes, one of the world's first conferencing systems and the direct progenitor of Lotus Notes, DEC Notes, and many others. He has designed conferencing facilities for many applications and has published a number of articles and book chapters on the subject. As the Executive Director of Twin Cities Free-Net, David spearheaded the building of an online community designed to support the neighborhoods of the Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area. For several years he has served on the board of E-Democracy.Org, an internationally renowned organization that uses Internet technology to engage citizens in local political discussions. He is also a veteran in the fields of interactive media and computer-based training, having designed a variety of authoring tools and supervised the development of many CBT applications. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Past Board Members
Steven Clift, Executive Director (Co-Founder 1994, Board Chair 1996 - 2008)
- Steven Clift is a founder of E-Democracy.Org in 1994 and served as Board Chair through 2008. He is an online strategist on the use of the Internet in democracy, governance, and community. One of world's leading experts on e-democracy, he has presented hundreds of times across 27 countries. Through his Democracies Online e-mail announcement list and Publicus.Net web site, he shares knowledge, practical advice and original articles and presentations directly to thousands of subscribers and visitors. Steven has been named among “The 25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics” by Politics Online and in 2006 received a fellowship from Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. He has served as advisor to the Markle Foundation's Web White & Blue online election information partnership and organized a major online presidential debate in 2000. He coordinated the State of Minnesota's government portal effort from 1994-1997and served as executive director of the Minnesota Government Information Access Council in 1997. He graduated from Winona State University, with a B.A. in Political Science and attended graduate school at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota where he also worked for the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and helped launch the online Public Policy Network in 1993. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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