Dave Siracuse


Policy Director

Dave Siracuse

Dr. Dave Siracuse joined Bolton St. Johns as their Policy Director in January 2018 and has since worked with a wide range of clients on legislative, policy, budgetary, and procurement matters in Albany and New York City. In particular, he has led strategy and government relations efforts for technology and cybersecurity companies, as well as a broad array of non-profits in the fields of arts and culture, parks, education, and those serving vulnerable communities in the health, re-entry, and housing sectors.

Prior to joining Bolton St. Johns, he worked at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, conducting various policy-related research as well as political analysis of events such as the NY Constitutional Convention. Other engagements include work at the NYS Executive Chamber Public Safety division, and a mix of education policy research and lobbying efforts for the higher education union, United University Professionals.

Dave completed his doctorate in Political Science at SUNY Albany in 2023. His dissertation is titled The Role of Sexual Scandal in Politics & Policy, for which he conducted original experimental survey and focus group research. He completed his coursework and comprehensive exams in Public Policy and American Politics, covering topics such as quantitative and statistical methods, elections and campaigns, lobbying, political scandal, and health, education, and foreign policy. In addition, he was the head teaching assistant for Introduction to American Politics at SUNY Albany from 2015-2018.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University in 2013, with a double major in political science and international relations. Upon graduation he returned to his hometown of Greece, NY where he was promoted to Director of Field Operations for a local campaign as well as a Summer Youth Program Monitor with RochesterWorks, responsible for the recruitment and hiring of low-income youth for summer employment.