David Payne -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

David leads the digital advocacy practice at VOX Global—creating interactive solutions for clients from Fortune 100 enterprises to international non-profits. He created four powerful VOX products for online advocacy: Activism Central (an easy-to-use, micro-site building system), Gridfluence (a solution for visualizing spheres of influence), Geowareness (a public affairs mapping system) and OnTarget (a targeted delivery system for ads and website content).

Prior to VOX Global, David managed his own digital consultancy and amassed business and technology expertise in results-focused corporate environments. David holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Concordia College and a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University where he graduated summa cum laude. He is a veteran of Republican online campaigning and nationwide grassroots mobilizations.

David works in the VOX Washington D.C. headquarters and is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University (GSPM), teaching on digital advocacy topics. His core expertise includes complex online campaigns, micro-targeting, advertising, big data, results-oriented social media and grassroots mobilizations.

In his spare time, David reads a lot of history and listens to really old music to balance out his obsession with leading-edge online strategies. He is a fan of good New York-style pizza (which, sadly, is nearly impossible to find in Washington).

David Payne