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ERIC SAPP

Director

As an entrepreneur, faith leader, and political advisor, Eric Sapp has spent his career supporting communities all over the world in their efforts to promote the common good. 

Eric co-founded Common Good Strategies, later the Eleison Group, which led outreach to faith and rural communities for top Democratic candidates in 2006 and 2008. He has since pioneered the use of new technologies in successful campaigns on issues ranging from international peacekeeping and human rights to grassroots efforts supporting veterans and protecting victims of terrorism.

Through these efforts, his team developed one of the largest voter response databases and most sophisticated digital advertising platforms in the country, which in 2018 became a Public Benefit Corporation called Public Democracy. By focusing on identifying where and why holes in behavioral data exist and how to fill them, Public Democracy is pioneering a new form of data insight and creation.

Eric currently serves as the President of Public Democracy, Inc. and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council focused on Data For Good, Data Trusts, Inclusive Growth, and Computational Propaganda. Eric graduated from Davidson College and earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and their son and daughter.