National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Directors
Betty Knighton is president of the National Issues Forums Institute and a senior associate of the Kettering Foundation.
David Mathews is president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health,
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
Leslie Garvin is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, a collaborative network of 39 colleges and universities...
Margaret Holt is a retired faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia
The Rev. Derrick M. Hammond, pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama...
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
Windy Lawrence serves as both professor and as the founding director at the University of Houston – Downtown Center for Public Deliberation...
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
Marie Pyko is the director of public services at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka Kansas.
Verdis L. Robinson is the Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact.
Jule Zimet owns Daniel’s Moving & Storage in El Paso, Texas. She first became interested in National Issues Forums when