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Paul Waters

Associate Director, Public Square Program

Paul Waters is an Associate Director at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Paul leads an initiative focused on shaping the future of technology in civic life by strengthening platform accountability measures in the United States. This portfolio includes funding to advance data policy innovation within a human rights framework centered on the experiences of people of color and women, develop meaningful transparency and oversight mechanisms to counter disinformation, and support media policy avenues to fund local, engaged, and diverse journalism.

Paul joined Democracy Fund in 2014 to build up the engaged journalism and civic information portfolio. Previously, he served as a Legal Fellow at the Federal Communications Commission in the Office of the Chairman and Wireline Competition Bureau. At the FCC, Paul helped to draft policies supporting the deployment and adoption of high-speed Internet in the United States.

Paul earned his Juris Doctorate at George Washington University Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University, receiving a B.A. in political communication and international affairs. Paul serves on the board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) and the News Integrity Initiative Advisory Council.