J.H. Snider is the founder and president of iSolon.org.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a Lab Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was a Network Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. In 2008, he was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy (since renamed the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy). From 2007-2011, he was an affiliated researcher at Columbia University’s Institute for Tele-Information.
From 2001 to 2007, he was a Markle Technology Policy Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, and Research Director at the New America Foundation. The New America Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy institute headquartered in Washington, DC.
From 1999-2000, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications and Public Policy, where he worked on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and on the Judiciary Committee minority staff of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. He has also served as a University Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, and a Non-Profit Management Fellow and Senior Research Assistant at the Harvard Business School.
He has a Ph.D. in American Government (with a specialty in political communications) from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (where he focused non-profit management), and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College.
He has had extensive experience in local politics. In 2010, he led the campaign in Maryland to educate the public on the November 2, 2010 referendum to convene a state constitutional referendum. The referendum received 54.4% of the vote.
During 2010-2011, he served as Chair of Anne Arundel County’s Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee, constituted by representatives from the citizen advisory committee members in the County’s 121 public schools. The Anne Arundel County, Maryland, public school system is one of the fifty largest in the U.S.
In the early 1990s, he served as the Chair of the Vermont Secretary of State’s Task Force on Information and Democracy and the Chair of the Vermont Chapter of Common Cause’s Research Committee. He was twice elected to the school board in Burlington, Vermont and won a primary election for the House of Delegates in Maryland.