Former White House speechwriter and deputy domestic policy advisor
Author of A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American dream
Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which works to build a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program.
He is the author of several acclaimed books, including A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker;The Gardens of Democracy (co-authored with Nick Hanauer); You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen; and his most recent, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy, a New York Times New & Notable Book.
Liu has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is featured on the PBS documentary American Creed and is a frequent contributor to TheAtlantic.com.
Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He was later appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He and his family live in Seattle.