National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Directors

David Mathews

Chairman

David Mathews is president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health,

Carol Farquhar Nugent

Carol Farquhar Nugent

President

Carol Farquhar Nugent, long-time executive director of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), retired December 31, 2011 following

Estus Smith

Vice President

Estus Smith retired from the Kettering Foundation after serving 18 years as program officer, director of operations, vice

William Muse

President Emeritus

William Muse is former president of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a non-profit nonpartisan network that, in

Jean Johnson

Vice President for Moderator Development and Communications

Jean Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Special Adviser for Public Agenda.

Patty Dineen

Patty Dineen

Secretary / Treasurer

Patty Dineen has been convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF) in Pennsylvania and other states since 1994.

William Winter

Chairman Emeritus

William F. Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. He has been a long-time advocate for public education

Jerry Elijah Brown

Jerry Elijah Brown

Director

Until 2007, Jerry Elijah Brown was Dean of the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Montana.

William DiMascio

William DiMascio

Director

Bill DiMascio is former executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, a private, nonprofit organization that has

Dolores Foley

Dolores Foley

Director

Dolores Foley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii.

Sandy Heierbacher

Sandy Heierbacher

Director

Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) in 2002 with the support and in

Kara Lindaman

Kara Lindaman

Director

Kara Lindaman is a professor of political science/public administration at Winona State University. Earning her Ph.D.

Stacie Molnar-Main

Stacie Molnar-Main

Director

Stacie Molnar-Main is an educational consultant whose work focuses on strengthening schools and communities through practi

Gary Paul

Gary Paul

Director

Gary Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and History at Florida Agricultural and Mechani

Kim Pearce

Kimberly Pearce

Director

Kimberly Pearce is a retired Professor of Communication at De Anza College where she taught for more than 25 years.

Lisa Strahley

Lisa Strahley

Director

Professor Lisa Strahley, Coordinator of the Civic Engagement Center and Chair of Early Childhoo

John Unger

John Unger

Director

John Unger has committed his life to being a public servant-leader and bringing together his many experiences in theology

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Director

Mark Wilson is Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanit