Tyrone Reitman

Tyrone Reitman

Founding Director | Policy Jury Group

Tyrone Reitman, MPA, has nearly two decades of experience working in the fields of public engagement, legislative advocacy, and policy analysis on issues related to campaign finance reform and deliberative democracy. Formerly the Executive Director of Healthy Democracy (2007-2015), his work to develop and successfully implement Healthy Democracy’s flagship program, the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), has been recognized for its unique contribution American democracy by the International Associate for Public Participation and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard, among others. At Healthy Democracy he co-designed CIR program and led strategic campaigns to advance the program (securing the CIR’s passage into Oregon law in 2011). Tyrone has been a featured speaker for a variety audiences ranging from the National Conference of State Legislatures to the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, and has worked with partners in a number of western states to replicate the CIR. Following a sabbatical in 2016, he began developing the Policy Jury Group in early 2017. He’s an avid husband, father, son, friend, activist, novice surfer and pretty darn good home-brewer.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Because our democracy depends on it.

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

The start of a new social movement.