Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Carolyn Lukensmeyer is the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization housed in the UA School of Government and Public Policy that works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system. As a leader in the field of deliberative democracy, she works to restore our democracy to reflect the intended vision of our founding fathers. Lukensmeyer has previously served as founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, as a consultant to the White House chief of staff (1993-1994), and as the first female chief of staff to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste (1986-1991).