National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Directors
Verdis LeVar Robinson (he/him or they) comes to NIFI with a specialization in community college civic learning and democratic engagement.
Kara N. Dillard is the Associate Director of the Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University.
Leslie Garvin is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Engagement.
Patty Dineen has been convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF) in Pennsylvania and other states since 1994.
David Allred is the lead pastor of High Places Community Church in Oak Ridge where he has served for 31 years.
Dr. Maggie Commins is the Shelton Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte.
Hollie Cost serves as the Assistant Vice President of Auburn University Outreach and Public Service.
Bob Frigo is the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life at Elon University.
The Rev. Derrick M. Hammond, pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.
Windy Lawrence serves as both professor and as the founding director at the University of Houston – Downtown Center for Public Deliberation.
Erin Oeth is a community practitioner and consultant equipping communities with the tools they need to navigate conflict, address important issues, and bridge divides with others through democratic processes and skill building.
Alberto Olivas, M.Ed., is the Founding Executive Director of the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at Arizona State University.
Marie Pyko is the director of public services at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka Kansas.
Dr. Patty Robinson serves as the Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement, at College of the Canyons.
Rev. Marian Royston is driven by a commitment to foster welcoming communities for all.
Linda Seals is a Regional Extension Educator at the University of Florida IFAS Extension.
Dr. J. Cherie Strachan is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
Chair and Professor of Political Science at Purdue University Fort Wayne.