Paul Meyer

Co-Founder/CEO, The Commons Project

Bio

Paul Meyer is co-founder and CEO of The Commons Project, a nonprofit public trust, established with support from The Rockefeller Foundation to build digital services that put people first.

Paul began his career doing advance work on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. After the election, he joined the White House staff, becoming one of President Clinton’s speechwriters.

He left the White House to attend Yale Law School. After graduating, he became the first Chief Operating Officer of Endeavor, a non-profit supporting entrepreneurs around the world. He then joined the International Rescue Committee, leading projects to use technology to reunify refugees in the Sierra Leone and Kosovo wars.

When the Kosovo war ended, Paul co-founded IPKO which began as a wireless Internet provider serving the UN and humanitarian agencies and grew to become Kosovo’s leading telecom, internet and cable TV company. He also co-founded the IPKO Foundation which has provided free technology education to a generation of Kosovar students. He then became a Senior Fellow at the Markle Foundation.

In 2001, he co-founded and served as CEO of Voxiva. Voxiva developed and deployed mobile health services across 17 countries in North and South America, Africa and Asia, including the first nationwide digital disease surveillance systems in Peru and Rwanda.

In 2010 at Voxiva, he built a coalition of over 1,500 partners to launch Text4baby, a free health information service with proven clinical outcomes that has supported over 1.5 million pregnant women and new moms. Text4baby is now featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

In 2011, Fast Company Magazine named Voxiva one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.

In 2016, Paul merged Voxiva with Sense Health to form Wellpass and served as Wellpass CEO. Wellpass’ health messaging services were deployed with over 70 Medicaid health plans, 30 health systems, and 10 state health agencies, providing health support to over 3 million people and demonstrating significant clinical outcomes in extensive published research. In 2018, Wellpass was acquired by Welltok.

In 2019, he co-founded The Commons Project.

Paul has a law degree from Yale, a BA from Pomona College and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. MIT’s Technology Review Magazine named him a Technology Pioneer and their 2003 Humanitarian of the Year.