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Daman Irby

Deputy Director of Instruction
Center for Politics Director of Global Initiatives

Daman Irby earned a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Economics and minor in German at The George Washington University in 1997. Upon graduation he studied at the University of Vienna in Austria before working as a researcher at the H. John Heinz III Center in Washington, D.C. Daman joined the University of Virginia Center for Politics in July 2002 and currently serves as the Center's Director of Global Initiatives and the Youth Leadership Initiative's Deputy Director of Instruction. He is working on an MA in Global Studies at Liberty University.

After working closely with YLI for a number of years Daman joined the staff of the program in June 2008 where he focuses on the fiscal and general administration as well as assisting in organizational outreach. As the Center for Politics' Director of Global Initiatives he organizes and implements the Global Perspectives on Democracy program which hosts exchanges, workshops and presentations for international and American participants in the U.S. and abroad focusing on various subjects but anchored in civic engagement and civil discourse.

Daman is civically active and served eight years as an appointed Board Member on the Orange County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority and volunteered on the Gordonsville Bicentennial Committee. He also serves in multiple leadership roles at Blue Run Baptist Church in Somerset, Virginia and is a volunteer leader with the Gordonsville, Va. Cub Scout pack.