National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Directors
David Mathews is president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health,
Betty Knighton is president of the National Issues Forums Institute and a senior associate of the Kettering Foundation.
William Muse is president emeritus of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a non-profit nonpartisan network that, in
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, long-time executive director of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), retired December 31, 2011 following
Estus Smith retired from the Kettering Foundation after serving 18 years as program officer, director of operations, vice
William F. Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. He has been a long-time advocate for public education
Patty Dineen has been convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF) in Pennsylvania and other states since 1994.
James P. (Ike) Adams, Jr., is dean emeritus of the University of Kentucky's College of Social Work. He previously served at
Cristin Foster Brawner is the Executive Director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Montevallo, Alabama.
Kara N. Dillard is an Assistant Professor in Digital Democratic Practice in the School of Communication Studies
Prior to co-founding the FDR Group, Steve Farkas was Director of Research at Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonp
Margaret Holt is a retired faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia
Matthew Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University.
Nancy Kranich teaches at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and conducts special projects for
Kara Lindaman is a professor of political science/public administration at Winona State University. Earning her Ph.D.
Charles T. Moses is the Interim Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Management.
Lisa-Marie Napoli, PhD, received her MPA in public policy and management from The Ohio State University
Michael Neblo is a professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy, communication, and public policy
Kimberly Pearce is a retired Professor of Communication at De Anza College where she taught for more than 25 years.
Professor Lisa Strahley, Coordinator of the Civic Engagement Center and Chair of Early Childhood & Teacher
Verdis L. Robinson is the Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact.
Dr. John J. Theis is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement for the Lone Star College System and professor
Jule Zimet owns Daniel’s Moving & Storage in El Paso, Texas. She first became interested in National Issues Forums when