Amy Studdart is a senior advisor at the International Republican Institute, where she leads the organization’s digital democracy programming.
Studdart is concurrently the founder and CEO of Villager, a start-up working to bring democracy into the 21st century. She was previously a fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) where she established the organization’s programming on technology policy. Prior to that, she worked with the executive communications team at Facebook on a project interrogating the social, economic and political implications of the company’s mission to connect the world. She was deputy director and fellow of the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where she ran a series of programs focused on 21st century economic statecraft and the evolution of the global economic order. She worked in Brussels from 2008-14, first at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she helped to establish their Europe office, and then at GMF, where she managed the Stockholm China Forum. She has published and spoken around the world on technology’s impact on democracy and society; the rise of digital authoritarianism; and the digital economy.