David Wescott, director, digital strategy, directs the social media team for APCO Worldwide, where he develops and implements online outreach strategies on issues such as health care, education, energy, the environment, feminism and housing finance.
He is the author of It’s Not a Lecture, a Web log that examines emerging online communication issues. He helped develop APCO Worldwide's APCOForum.com, a blog that examines how online discussions impact mainstream debates. He is a contributor at a number of online and mainstream publications, including Global Voices Online, Earth Industry, Science Cheerleader and Business Lexington.
Prior to joining APCO, David was a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, where he was responsible for a variety of issues, including international trade, energy, small business, housing, financial services and economic development. He worked extensively on Sen. Kennedy’s amendment regarding access to affordable medicines to the Trade Promotion Authority Act, signed into law by President Bush in August 2002. He was also responsible for Sen. Kennedy’s “LEADERS Act,” which creates a program at the Department of Education to provide support for small business incubation in academic settings.
Before working for Sen. Kennedy, David served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Civil Justice Reform Alliance (MCJRA), a coalition of small and large business leaders and employees dedicated to reforming the civil justice system in Massachusetts.