John Dobard

John Dobard

Associate Director of Political Voice | Advancement Project California

John Dobard is Associate Director of Political Voice at Advancement Project California, where he leads efforts to eliminate racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness through policy advocacy, coalition-building, and actionable research. Previously, Dr. Dobard served as Advancement Project California’s Manager of Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, he co-created the Political Voice program and worked with coalitions across the state to use the California Voting Rights Act to secure equitable electoral systems. He also oversaw several key organization-wide initiatives, including an initiative to urge the Los Angeles Unified School District to adopt a student need index to guide allocation of Local Control Funding Formula dollars. Dr. Dobard holds a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Because racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness exist, and such disparities adversely affect people’s lives.

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

Discussions about how to change government institutions in ways that facilitate participatory democracy.