M. Dane Waters

M. Dane Waters is the founder, President and Co-Chairman of the Initiative & Referendum Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about the initiative and referendum process. Dane is a leading authority on I&R and has been personally involved in over forty initiative campaigns.

He has provided commentary on initiative and referendum to newspapers, radio and television stations around the world, and also has worked in many political campaigns, including four presidential races.

Dane has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad and has written and edited numerous articles and books on the initiative and referendum process, including the Initiative & Referendum Almanac, an extensive history of the initiative and referendum process in the U.S.

Prior to founding the Initiative & Referendum Institute, Dane worked for U.S. Term Limits, a national nonprofit non-partisan advocacy group, as the group’s National Field Director. Dane worked extensively at U.S. Term Limits with the initiative and referendum process at both the city and state level and was responsible for coordinating U.S. Term Limits’s assistance to state term limit groups around the country.

In addition to his service on the board of Citizens in Charge, Dane currently sits on the Advisory Board of BallotDirect.com, an Internet-based company that promotes the use of technology to increase citizen participation in government. He also serves on the Board of the Appleseed Foundation’s Electoral Reform Project – a joint effort between American University and Harvard Law School to improve American democracy through reform of its electoral processes.