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Communication Director at The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
MS in Science and Technology Policy, 2009
“I wanted to become part of the solution - not part of the problem.”
William Dube has a long history of working in the policy arena. Prior to obtaining his MS in Science and Technology Policy at RIT, Will worked with the national Democratic Party on Al Gore’s presidential campaign, coordinated Democratic Party activities in Monroe County, New York, was the communications director for New York State Assemblymen Joseph Morelle, and worked with America Coming Together to increase voter participation during John Kerry’s 2004 campaign for president.
After working on his second presidential campaign, Will accepted a communications position at RIT, with the aspiration of completing his Master’s degree. After considering a number of graduate programs, Will felt that the MS in Science and Technology Policy aligned perfectly with his interests. He enjoyed analyzing the effectiveness of policies and working towards the goal of making the government more efficient and accountable to the average citizen. He also felt a MS in Science and Technology Policy would help him contribute more in making the world a better place.
Will’s thesis was focused on the effect the Internet was having on the way political campaigns were being run. He researched the comparisons between online and television advertisements to determine if there was a difference in the accuracy and slant of the content. He first got the idea for his thesis while taking a course in the Department of Communications on how online media was changing the advertising landscape taught by Dr. Susan Barnes. Dr. Barnes later served on his thesis committee along with political science professor Dr. Paul Ferber, while Dr. Ron Hira acted as his thesis advisor. Will is very grateful for this interdisciplinary mentorship, and believes that it made him a much more effective writer, researcher, and policy analyst.
After completing his Master’s degree, Will became the Associate Director of Research Relations in the office of the Vice President of Research, before being appointed RIT’s first Director of Research Communications a year later. He also worked as an adjunct professor, which further refined his communication skills and gave him the chance to pass on his passion for public policy to a new generation of students.
He attributes his current role as the Communication Director for The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, to his collective experiences at RIT. At the Foundation, he oversees the organization's communications and marketing operations, including media relations, social media development and branding. This includes promoting ITIF's research and education efforts in data innovation, energy policy, competitiveness, and telecommunications policy with the ultimate goal of improving technology and innovation policy at the state and local, national and international level. During Will's tenure with the organization, ITIF has been featured on PBS, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
“I would not be where I am today without the Public Policy program at RIT and I am forever grateful for the tremendous education and mentorship I received,” Will says.