David Weinberger

David Weinberger

City Partnerships Director, ioby

David works with municipalities nationwide to leverage ioby’s crowd-resourcing platform and services for deep and effective community engagement. Before coming to ioby, David worked with the NYC Department of Transportation to plan and launch WalkNYC, the city’s first-ever standardized pedestrian wayfinding system. He has also worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Democratic National Committee, the U.S. Department of State, and PBS.

David received his M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and his B.A. in political science and public policy from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, Hunter College.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

To keep our democratic institutions running effectively during times of pervasive distrust and apathy, decision-makers need to constantly be seeking out new ideas from their constituents and securing flexible and sustainable sources of funding for civic projects. Our democracy hinges on the successes of ordinary people who champion change in their cities and towns and keep their leaders accountable.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I’m excited to meet and learn from decision-makers who are contributing sweat equity to improving their mechanisms for participatory governance.