Soren Dayton has been in Washington, DC since 2003, except for a year and a half sabbatical in India. He is a strategic communications, public affairs, and digital professional with experience across a range of industries.
Soren is the director of communications and policy at Protect Democracy, where he is building a team to advocate for protecting American democratic institutions. We are living in a time of specific domestic and international challenges to our institutions while a global wave of populist and anti-democratic sentiment is impacting much of the developed world.
Recently, Soren was Senior Vice President, Digital Advocacy in Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Washington, DC office. His background is in strategic, litigation, and crisis communications, public affairs, and digital, focused on industries such as energy and telecommunications. He has also worked on policy issues in human trafficking, human rights, immigration, trade, and labor.
Previously, Soren was a Senior Vice President — and Senior Counselor while in India — at Prism Public Affairs, which subsequently merged with Rasky Baerlein; at New Media Strategies; on the Hill for Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI); for the John McCain for President campaign; as an independent consultant, among other things. He has also been active in a number of grassroots political organizations.
Soren serves as the President of the University of Chicago Washington, D.C. Alumni Association, as a member of the board of advisors of Tech Congress. He was also a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.
Soren lives in Washington, D.C.’s beautiful Mount Pleasant neighborhood with his wife Amanda Butler and their cat. They met at an alumni event for their mutual alma mater, the University of Chicago. They love to go running Rock Creek Park and are members of the DC Road Runners, and you can follow Soren on Strava.