Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action – Uriel Epshtein, Executive Director, Renew Democracy Initiative

As part of a new series on citybiz, Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action, each month David H. Nevins, president & CEO of Nevins & Associates, will interview leaders from different Bridge Alliance member organizations doing work to support and protect our democracy around the country. The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of more than 100 organizations working together as active stewards of our democratic republic. Bridge Alliance member organizations span the ideological spectrum, but are unified to work efficiently, outside arbitrarily defined political lines. The Bridge Alliance supports the democracy ecosystem and advances the healthy self-governance movement. The Bridge Alliance nurtures consistent and open communications between its members, developing a foundation of trust to foster collaboration. For more information, visit

Uriel Epshtein serves as the Executive Director of the Renew Democracy Initiative. Prior to joining RDI, Uriel worked in the private sector – first as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and then in strategy at start-ups in the mobility space including DoorDash and Uber. As a student at Yale University, he founded and to this day, continues to chair the Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI), an organization dedicated to bridging the civil-military divide and creating a space on campuses for nuanced discussion of the US role in the Middle East.

RDI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the public to uphold constitutional principles in their civic behavior. RDI aims to create a movement united by the common language of constitutional values. Threats to our democracy, such as misinformation, foreign intervention, and demagoguery will not disappear. But we can create resilience to these dangers by working together to promote democratic principles and civic behavior in the public sphere.

Interview questions:

Q1: You have an interesting background in the private sector, first as a consultant and then in strategy at start-ups in the mobility space including DoorDash and Uber. Tell us what inspired you to join the Renew Democracy Initiative as its Executive Director.

Q2: Tell us more about the Renew Democracy Initiative or RDI… and your mission to empower the public to uphold constitutional principles in their civic behavior.

Q3: How are some of the ways you are working to promote democratic principles, free discourse and civic behavior in the public sphere?

Q4: During these politically divisive times, your work is more important now than ever… Talk about how RDI’s mission has grown over the years around various issues and your plans for the future for RDI as it continues to make an impact.

Q5: Supporting petitions is an important part of your mission as a change-agent. Tell us about some of your latest efforts in that space and how folks can get involved?

Q6: Finally, how can individuals, organizations or businesses get involved with RDI, donate, participate in an upcoming event or learn more?

Connect with Uriel on LinkedIn

The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations dedicated to rejuvenating America. With each organization focusing on a different sector of the movement, our members represent a combined three million supporters in the burgeoning field of civic reform and civil discourse. In addition, more than one billion dollars has been invested towards improving government effectiveness nationwide.

The Bridge Alliance acts as a hub of information and connectivity for over 90 civic action organizations.

We provide the infrastructure for our members to expand individually, collaborate on shared goals, and inform others that are invested in democracy revitalization. This generates a collective impact for greater than any one group could make alone.

David Nevins is president & CEO of Nevins & Associates, a highly regarded strategic communications company and proactive public relations partner. The firm’s regional and national client base is a unique mix of organizations across a variety of industries including: healthcare, professional service firms, finance, not-for-profits, distributors, state agencies, national media companies, technology, political and grassroots campaigns, real estate development, sporting events, and more.

With more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and community and government relations, David is a talented and seasoned executive. Prior to founding Nevins & Associates in 1983, David served as the Director of Marketing for both Towson University and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was tapped by the CEO of Comcast to employ his marketing expertise as President of the company’s regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. David is a Past President of the Board of Governors for the Center Club and is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, a position to which he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland. David has chaired the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Loan Corporation, served as President of both the Jewish National Fund and the Towson Business Association and was a member of the PNC Bank board.

David is highly involved in the business, civic, and political communities, and his many years of active leadership in numerous organizations have built a network of contacts that he regularly puts to use for the firm’s clients. For more information, visit

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