National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Directors

Betty Knighton

Betty Knighton

President

Betty Knighton is president of the National Issues Forums Institute and a senior associate of the Kettering Foundation

David Mathews

Chairman

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

William Muse

William Muse

President Emeritus

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

Jean Johnson

Vice President

Jean Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Special Adviser for Public Agenda. She has authored studies on education families, religion, race relations

Carol Farquhar Nugent

Carol Farquhar Nugent

Vice President

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

Patty Dineen

Patty Dineen

Secretary / Treasurer

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

James P. (Ike) Adams, Jr.

James P. (Ike) Adams, Jr.

Director

James P. (Ike) Adams, Jr., is dean emeritus of the University of Kentucky's College of Social Work. He previously served at

Hollie Cost

Hollie Cost

Director

Hollie Cost serves as the Assistant Vice President of Auburn University Outreach and Public Service

Kara N. Dillard

Kara N. Dillard

Director

Kara N. Dillard is an Assistant Professor in Digital Democratic Practice in the School of Communication Studies

Sara Mehltretter Drury

Sara Mehltretter Drury

Director

Sara Mehltretter Drury is Associate Professor and Chair of Rhetoric at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville, Indiana

Steve Farkas

Steve Farkas

Director

Prior to co-founding the FDR Group, Steve Farkas was Director of Research at Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonp

Jon Gant

Jon Gant

Director

Jon Gant is a leader in higher education who helps to make information and digital technologies accessible for everyone

Leslie Garvin

Leslie Garvin

Director

Leslie Garvin is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, a collaborative network of 39 colleges and universities

Derrick Hammond

Derrick Hammond

Director

The Rev. Derrick M. Hammond, pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama

Windy Lawrence

Windy Lawrence

Director

Windy Lawrence serves as both professor and as the founding director at the University of Houston – Downtown Center for Public Deliberation

Lisa-Marie Napoli

Lisa-Marie Napoli

Director

Lisa-Marie Napoli, PhD, received her MPA in public policy and management from The Ohio State University

Marie Pyko

Marie Pyko

Director

Marie Pyko is the director of public services at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka Kansas

Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Director

Robert C. Richards, Jr. is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Verdis Robinson

Verdis Levar Robinson

Director

Verdis Levar Robinson is a community college civic learning and democratic engagement specialist and aspiring minister in the Unitarian Universalism tradition.