Chairman, Initiative and Referendum Institute USC
Dane WATERS is the Founder and the Chairman of Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California, a non-profit non-partisan research and educational organization established to study direct democracy. He is the co-founder of the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and the Initiative and Referendum Institute Asia. Mr. Waters has worked on six continents with elected officials, activists, NGO’s and government entities including the United Nations, the United States Department of State and the International Republican Institute on issues pertaining to the advancement of democratic principles. Mr. Waters was a political appointee in President George H. W. Bush’s administration. Mr. Waters has authored and edited numerous articles and books on direct democracy and has provided commentary on governance issues to newspapers, radio talk shows, and television stations around the world. He also consulted on the television shows West Wing and the Weakest Link.