Joe Goldman is the President of the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that the American people come first in our democracy. He is also the President of Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c4 organization with the same mission. Before joining the Democracy Fund, Joe was an Investment Director at Omidyar Network, where he incubated the Democracy Fund for three years.
Joe has spent his career working to strengthen democratic institutions through public deliberation and policy reform. 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 engaged the public from inside government. He coordinated Mayor Anthony Williams’ Neighborhood Action initiative in Washington, DC, which engaged thousands of residents in shaping the city’s budget priorities. Joe also managed the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission’s Common Ground regional planning process in Chicago, which later received the Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association for its innovative use of technology and broad community outreach.
Joe has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and graduated with honors in political science from Vassar College.