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,

Betty Knighton

Betty Knighton

President

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

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

Estus Smith

Vice President

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

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

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

Cristin Brawner

Cristin Brawner

Director

Cristin Foster Brawner is the Executive Director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Montevallo, Alabama.

Kara N. Dillard

Kara N. Dillard

Director

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

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

Margaret Holt

Margaret Holt

Director

Margaret Holt is a retired faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Director

Matthew Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University.

Nancy Kranich

Nancy Kranich

Director

Nancy Kranich teaches at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and conducts special projects for

Kara Lindaman

Kara Lindaman

Director

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

Charles T. Moses

Charles T. Moses

Director

Charles T. Moses is the Interim Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Management.

Lisa-Marie Napoli

Lisa-Marie Napoli

Director

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

Michael Neblo

Director

Michael Neblo is a professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy, communication, and public policy

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 Childhood & Teacher

Verdis Robinson

Verdis L. Robinson

Director

Verdis L. Robinson is the Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact.

John (Jay) Theis

John (Jay) Theis

Director

Dr. John J. Theis is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement for the Lone Star College System and professor

Jule Zimet

Jule Zimet

Director

Jule Zimet owns Daniel’s Moving & Storage in El Paso, Texas. She first became interested in National Issues Forums when