David P. Zanotti
President, The American Policy
The Roundtable was founded
in Ohio in 1980 as a state-based public policy organization. Since that time
the work has expanded to an education and research component (The
Roundtable) a legislative group (Freedom Forum) and a federal PAC (The
Liberty Committee). The Roundtable is actively building policy groups in
Ohio and Florida. The Public Square® daily radio broadcast is
heard in Ohio, Florida, Western Pennsylvania and portions of six other
states. Mr. Zanotti has been the host of The Public Square® since its
inception in 1989.
In 1985, while working in
his family’s manufacturing business, Mr. Zanotti began his work with the
Roundtable as a financial contributor and volunteer. He joined the staff in
1986 and was elected President. Ohio’s largest newspaper has described Mr.
Zanotti as “disciplined, prepared and focused,” a man that has “quietly made
a profound impact on the state’s political structure.” (Plain Dealer April 27, 1997)
Under Mr. Zanotti’s leadership, Roundtable
and Freedom Forum have led state and national initiatives on tax policies,
school funding, health care, religious liberty, school choice, campaign
finance reform, intelligent design, campaign finance reform and the defeat
of casino gambling. A brief listing of media appearances, features and
interviews includes: the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the
Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The
Philadelphia Enquirer, Dallas Daily News, Time, Newsweek, World Magazine,
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC and a host of local and regional
affiliates and publications. Mr. Zanotti is also a frequent guest editorial
writer for several major newspapers in Ohio.
1980 the Roundtable has pioneered efforts in non-partisan voting
information. In 1998 Roundtable created USAVoter.info one of the most
visited online election sites in the nation. In 2004 the Roundtable launched
VoteLOUD.com, an online site to encourage registration and participation
among young voters. The Consent of the Governed, a voter registration
documentary produced by the Roundtable, was used in over 25 states in the
2004 election cycle.
Mr. Zanotti received his formal education at
Cuyahoga Community College, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College and did graduate
work at Ashland University. He resides in Ohio with his wife of 29 years and
their three children.