David Stern is Director of Online Engagement at AmericaSpeaks. He manages web-based citizen participation projects and innovations for the organization and works with partners in government and civil society to enable citizens to shape policymaking using democratic online tools. David has led the creation of ASonline.org, a portfolio of online services and tools AmericaSpeaks utilizes in its online engagement initiatives. He also led the development of TheAmericanSquare.org, a new social network for cross-partisan, civil discourse about policy and politics.
Previously, David cofounded MixedInk, an online democratic collaborative writing platform that allows large groups to express collective viewpoints by weaving their ideas and language together. MixedInk has been used to incorporate citizen input by a number of prominent government officials, agencies, and media outlets, including the White House, the Associated Press, and Slate Magazine. The company earned coverage from ABCnews.com, Wired, the Guardian, the Economist and other media outlets. Earlier in his career, David was a consultant at The Cluster Competitiveness Group, an economic development strategy firm, and a research assistant at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.
David holds a Masters of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Anthropology from Cornell University.