David M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Government and Strategic Initiatives
David leads The Washington Center's Government and Strategic Initiatives Department. Over the past eight years, David and his team have raised over $15 million from twenty one states interested in supporting their students’ education and their state’s workforce development. David also oversees The Washington Center’s role in its partnership with Elon University School of Law. The Washington Center-Elon University School of Law Legal Externship Program is a consortium of law schools which welcomes law students from ABA accredited law schools during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Anderson works with the Advanced Leadership and International Programs Department creating new initiatives, especially with Canadian provinces. He also works with the Federal Relations Department creating new initiatives with U.S. federal agencies. David has also taken the lead creating the SUNY Integrated Science Policy Internship Program with SUNY Geneseo, which welcomes science majors from all SUNY campuses. David also played a key role creating the The Washington Center’s Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill Program, which enables 1,500 college students a year to participate in small group meetings with their U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or staff.
Anderson was Executive Director of Youth04 when he joined The Washington Center in August 2004. Youth04 was a joint project of the Center for Democracy and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University Washington Center for the Study of American Government, and The Washington Center. He was previously the Task Force Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at The George Washington University, which was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Anderson is the author of Youth04: Young Voters, the Internet, and Political Power (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), and co-editor (with Michael Cornfield) of The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). He has written numerous articles and book chapters and has also written over 40 op-eds, most for Roll Call, The Hill, The Gazette (Maryland, Weekend Edition), and The Baltimore Sun. Anderson taught political ethics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University from 1995 to 2006. He has also taught in the philosophy departments at The George Washington University, University of Cincinnati, Trident Technical College, and College of Charleston. He received his B.A. in philosophy from The George Washington University in 1981 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Michigan in 1990.