Our Team

Continuing Conversations Collaborative - Just Keep Talkin'

The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.

National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk—to deliberate about common problems.  These forums provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and to search for common ground for action.

Barbara Brown
Our Trainer/Coach

Barbara Brown is a National Issues Forum Institute Ambassador and Board Alumni. She served as Director of Clemson University's Laboratory for Deliberative Democracy from 2004 through 2014, and now is the Executive Director for the Citizens Center for Public Life, a non-profit organization registered in South Carolina. She has managed programs for vulnerable audiences for 22 years for Clemson's Cooperative Extension Service - such programs as Children, Youth, and Families at Risk; Drug Free Communities; Operation Military Kids, and numerous juvenile justice programs.

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Cynthia Mitchell
Karl Odenthal
Christopher Emanuel
Emory Langston
Michelle Meriwether