J.H. Snider is the President of iSolon.org.
In 2008, he was a residential fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
From 2001 to 2007, he was a Markle Technlogy Policy Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, and Research Director at the New America Foundation, where his work focused on information policy, including telecommunications policy, e-democracy, and e-education. The New America Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy institute headquartered in Washington, DC.
From 1999-2000, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications and Public Policy, where he worked on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and on the Judiciary Committee minority staff of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. He has also served as a University Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, and a Non-Profit Management Fellow and Senior Research Assistant at the Harvard Business School.
He has a Ph.D. in American Government (with a specialty in political communications) from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College. He has co-authored Future Shop: How New Technologies Will Change The Way We Shop and What We Buy (St. Martin's Press, 1992), and authored Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcassters Exert Political Power (iUniverse, 2005). His major reports for the New America Foundation include the Citizen's Guide to the Airwaves (2003) and The Art of Spectrum Lobbying: America's $480 Billion Spectrum Giveaway, How it Happened, and How to Prevent it from Recurring (2007).
His work has been published in a diverse array of publications: newspapers (including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and U.S.A. Today), trade publications (including Government Technology, Federal Computer Week, and Education Week), magazines (including the Atlantic Monthly, National Civic Review, and The Futurist), and academic journals (including the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Public Deliberation, and Journal of Information Technology & Politics).
He is a nationally recognized expert on e-democracy issues and has spoken on e-democracy issues before many distinguished audiences, including the Congress (the Future of the American Media Congressional Caucus, the Congressional Internet Caucus, and the House Commerce Committee), federal access professionals (the American Society of Access Professionals), state access professionals (State Public Affairs Television and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology), and local access professionals (the Alliance for Community Media and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors). In 2006, he delivered a keynote address before the National Association of Legislative Information Technology, the section within the National Conference of State Legislatures responsible for managing legislative information systems. His speech to an ad hoc Congressional caucus delivered shortly after 9/11, "Is it Time for an E-Congress?", was awarded the rare honor of being published in Vital Speeches of the Day.
He has had extensive experience in local politics. In 2010, he led the campaign in Maryland to educate the public on the November 2, 2010 referendum to convene a state constitutional referendum. The referendum received 54.4% of the vote.
During 2010-2011, he served as Chair of Anne Arundel County's Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee , constituted by representatives from the citizen advisory committee members in the County's 121 public schools. The Anne Arundel County, Maryland, public school system is one of the fifty largest in the U.S.
In the early 1990s, he served as the Chair of the Vermont Secretary of State's Task Force on Information and Democracy and the Chair of the Vermont Chapter of Common Cause's Research Committee. He was twice elected to the school board in Burlington, Vermont and won a primary election for the House of Delegates in Maryland.