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Distinguished Alumni Fellow: Carolyn Lukensmeyer

November 13, 2019 to November 14, 2019

Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization that works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system. Dr. Lukensmeyer previously served as Founder and President of AmericaSpeaks, an award-winning nonprofit organization that promoted nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through the development of innovative public policy tools and strategies. During her tenure, AmericaSpeaks engaged more than 200,000 people and hosted events across all 50 states and throughout the world. Dr. Lukensmeyer formerly served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1993-94 and on the National Performance Review where she steered internal management and oversaw government-wide reforms. She was the Chief of Staff to Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste from 1986-91, becoming the first woman to serve in this capacity. She earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and has completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is originally from Hampton, Iowa, and as a student, she was the UI Liberal Arts student body president (a position that doesn’t exist anymore!).

Wikipedia bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Lukensmeyer

NCID bio: https://nicd.arizona.edu/staff