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
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) in 2002 with the support and in
Kara Lindaman is a professor of political science/public administration at Winona State University. Earning her Ph.D.
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
Cristin Foster Brawner is the Executive Director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Montevallo, Alabama.
Nancy Kranich teaches at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and conducts special projects for
Charles T. Moses is the Interim Dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Business.
Jule Zimet owns Daniel’s Moving & Storage in El Paso, Texas.
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