Eric Liu

Founder and CEO, Citizen University

Eric Liu
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, a national nonprofit that promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship ( He is also the founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. Liu’s books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy, and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer, and his most recent, A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream. Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. He and his family live in Seattle, where he serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards and teaches courses on civic leadership at the University of Washington. A columnist for and a correspondent for


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