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Joe Goldman

President and Board Member

Joe Goldman is the President of Democracy Fund, an independent, nonpartisan foundation that seeks to create an inclusive multiracial democracy where people are treated fairly, feel they belong, and have a voice. As the foundation’s president, Joe is an outspoken advocate within philanthropy for creating a more effective and powerful field to ensure that our democracy is open, just, resilient, and trustworthy.

Joe incubated Democracy Fund for three years inside Omidyar Network — Pierre and Pam Omidyar’s philanthropic investment firm — where he was an Investment Director. He then launched Democracy Fund as a private foundation in 2014, alongside Democracy Fund Voice, a sister 501c4 organization for which he also serves as president. Since its inception, Democracy Fund and Democracy Fund Voice have committed more than $425 million to support organizations that are working to create a more vibrant and diverse public square, free and fair elections, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society.

Joe has played a key role in creating and leading several bodies aimed at strengthening and growing the field, including chairing or co-chairing the Trusted Elections Fund, the Partnership for Safe Voting, the Voter Engagement Fund, and the Safe Voting Fund. He also chaired the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group for which he co-authored a series of reports on public attitudes about democracy and authoritarianism.

Previously, Joe was Vice President of Citizen Engagement at AmericaSpeaks, where he directed and facilitated large-scale public deliberations across the country, including the Unified New Orleans Planning Process after Hurricane Katrina and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site after 9/11. Joe has also led citizen engagement programs from inside government, including Mayor Anthony Williams’ Neighborhood Action initiative in Washington, D.C., and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission’s Common Ground regional planning process in Chicago.

Joe was a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master’s degree in public policy. He graduated with honors in political science from Vassar College.




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