Shaun Dakin: Director at Dakin & Associates and Founder of StopPoliticalCalls.org
Shaun Dakin is the founder and CEO of The National Political Do Not Contact Registry, a program of Citizens for Civil Discourse a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to elevating political discourse in the United States so that we, as a nation, solve our most difficult problems. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy, fundraising, and operations of the registry. This includes both long- and short-term strategy development, working directly with politicians and their staff, conducting interviews with national and local press, managing the registry and blogging about civil discourse and automated political phone calls. Mr. Dakin is an award-winning executive and author.
Mr. Dakin has over 15 years of management and leadership experience in the private sector. Prior to founding The National Political Do Not Contact Registry, he worked for both Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial organizations as a senior executive leading product teams, developing websites, and managing $40 million business units.
Mr. Dakin started his career at FedEx helping to lead the company’s eBusiness strategy and the award winning FedEx.com website. While at FedEx he received the “FedEx Five Star” award, the highest honor given to a FedEx employee for producing results “above and beyond.” At FedEx he also led the team that negotiated and executed an alliance between FedEx.com and Kinkos.com which led to the creation of the “Click, Print, and Ship” application. More recently, Mr. Dakin was a senior manager at Fannie Mae in their eBusiness division leading strategy and business development activities in the technology group. After leaving Fannie Mae he served as director of product management at Laureate Education, leading a $40 million business unit. He also served as senior vice president of product management at IXI Corporation, a leading marketing information services and database company in McLean, VA.
Mr. Dakin’s interest in politics began when he interned in Washington, DC for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and with a non-profit policy group, Common Cause. Mr. Dakin is a lifelong Democrat, but is sitting out the 2008 election to work full-time on the non-partisan non-profit National Political Do Not Contact Registry.
Mr. Dakin holds an MBA from Thunderbird and a bachelor degree in Government with honors from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has a 3-year-old son and lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Registry can be found at: http://www.stoppoliticalcalls.org/