Eric Liu

Founder and CEO, Citizen University; Executive Director, Citizenship and American Identity Program, The Aspen Institute

Eric Liu is founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. An author, educator, and civic entrepreneur, he hosts “Citizen University TV,” writes a regular column on, and is a correspondent for Liu was previously an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. Before that, he was a speechwriter for President Clinton and later the president’s deputy domestic policy advisor. Liu’s most recent book is You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. Other books include The Gardens of Democracy; The True Patriot; A Chinaman’s Chance; and The Accidental Asian.

Videos/Audio of Eric Liu

What possibilities unfurl when a symphony reaches Skid Row? How does music create healing on a street corner? Los... See more
Join Damian Woetzel, incoming president of the Juilliard School, for an interactive breakfast interview led by Eric Liu... See more
What factors motivate people to make it to the polls in any given year, and what keeps them away? One thing we learned... See more
We don’t need fewer arguments in American civic life today, we need less stupid ones. That means we need arguments that... See more
As the US ceases to be a white majority country (a demographic milestone we’re expected to reach by 2020), how will we... See more
Debating immigration is a perennial favorite in presidential elections, perhaps never more so than in 2016, when border... See more