Eric Liu, founder, is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. Eric co-authored The Gardens of Democracy and The True Partriot with Nick Hanauer, and together the two have created the True Patriot Network to advance the book's ideals of progressive patriotism. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race." He is also the author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, and is founder of the Guiding Lights Network, an organization dedicated to promoting great citizenship. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.
Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow.
Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices. In addition to speaking regularly at venues across the country, Eric also serves on the boards of Seattle Public Libary Foundation and Swedish Medical Center. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and a proud Seattle Public Schools parent. A regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, Eric can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.
Jená Cane, co-founder, leads the creative team of folks who design and carry out the projects of Citizen University. She created the Sworn-Again America project and works with national partners to bring the ceremony to thousands of people each year. Jená is an actor and teaching artist in Seattle since 1989. @jenacane
Alex Martin has been working with Citizen University since 2007. She, and her team at Jubilee Event Engineers, are an integral part of Citizen Univeristy and upport many CU projects. An independent event planner and partner at Jubilee, Alex makes art and spends entirely too much time thinking about how to reduce her consumer footprint. She lives with her partner Freya and her son Ari in Columbia City, South Seattle.