Eric Liu

About Eric Liu

Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship through a portfolio of national programs (  He is also the executive director of The Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer; The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; Guiding Lights, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute. His latest book is A Chinaman’s Chance. Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he lives with his family in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and serves on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. A regular columnist for and a correspondent to, Eric is on Twitter @ericpliu.