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,
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 Muse is former president of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a non-profit nonpartisan network that, in
Vice President for Moderator Development and Communications
Jean Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Special Adviser for Public Agenda.
Patty Dineen has been convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF) in Pennsylvania and other states since 1994.
William F. Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. He has been a long-time advocate for public education
Barbara serves as a Founding Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Citizens Center for Public Life.
Until 2007, Jerry Elijah Brown was Dean of the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Montana.
Bill DiMascio is former executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, a private, nonprofit organization that has
Dolores Foley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii.
Doug Garnar has been professor of History and Social Sciences at SUNY Broome in Binghamton, New York, since 1971.
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) in 2002 with the support and in
Gregg Kaufman is a Kettering Foundation research associate, a National Issues Forums Institute board member, and a consultant at The Deliberative Voice.
Gail Leftwich Kitch serves as The Voter Participation Center's Chief Operating Officer. She brings years of experience,
Kara Lindaman is a professor of political science/public administration at Winona State University. Earning her Ph.D.
Stacie Molnar-Main is an educational consultant whose work focuses on strengthening schools and communities through practi
Gary Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and History at Florida Agricultural and Mechani
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 Childhoo
John Unger has committed his life to being a public servant-leader and bringing together his many experiences in theology
Mark Wilson is Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanit