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The nonpartisan nonprofit will launch during July 1 event featuring remarks from Condoleezza Rice, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former members of Congress


July 1, 2021. NICD is proud to join the Partnership for American Democracy, a new collective voice for change determined to renew democracy by unleashing the power of American ingenuity. Bonnie LePard, NICD’s Deputy Director, is the Co-Chair of the Bridge Building Pillar, whose aim is to bridge cultural and political divides.

American democracy is more fragile than ever. In this moment of division and dysfunction, the Partnership for American Democracy is bringing together American leaders capable of making transformative change for the renewal of American democracy. To launch the partnership, a cross-sector, cross-partisan array of leaders will join together on July 1 to discuss the next chapter of America’s future and bring the Partnership for American Democracy to life.

“As we celebrate 245 years of independence, it is clear more than ever – we the people get to decide what future for America we will create, together,” says Keith Allred, Director of NICD. “We are honored to be a part of this project that will work to overcome divisions that weaken the American promise.”

The event speakers will include:

Diana Aviv, CEO of the Partnership for American Democracy

Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO & Co-Founder, Leadership Now Project; Senior Advisor, Dahlberg Advisors

Melody Barnes, Director for Policy and Public Affairs, Democracy Initiative; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO, Civic; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

Barbara Comstock, Former Member of Congress (D-Va.)

Louise Dubé, Executive Director, iCivics

Dick Gephardt, Former House Majority Leader (D-Mo.)

Stephen Heintz, President and CEO of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Co-Chair of the Partnership for American Democracy National Leadership Council

Alexandra Huynh, National Youth Poet Laureate

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian

Dirk Kempthorne, Former Governor (R-Idaho), Former Senator (R-Idaho), Former Secretary of the Interior

Eric Liu, Co-founder and CEO, Citizen University

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command

Manu Meel, Co-Founder and CEO of Bridge USA

Cecilia Muñoz, Advisor, New America; Former White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Former White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Janet Murguia, CEO of Unidos

Deval Patrick, Former Governor (D-Mass.)

Nick Penniman, Founder and CEO of Issue One

Bruce Reed, Deputy White House Chief of Staff

Condoleezza Rice, Director of the Hoover Institution; Former Secretary of State

Frank Sesno, Director of Strategic Initiatives of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs; Former CNN Washington Bureau Chief

Tim Shriver, CEO, UNITE; Chairman, Special Olympics

Kent Thiry, Former Chairman & CEO, DaVita

Natalie Tran, Executive Director, CAA Foundation

Philan Tree, Two-time AmeriCorps Mentor and 2012 Corps Member of the Year

Alayna Treene, Congressional Reporter, Axios

Zach Wamp, Former Member of Congress (D-Tenn.)

Judy Woodruff, Managing Editor and Anchor, PBS NewsHour

Individuals and organizations across sectors, party lines, and perspectives are invited to attend the event and learn more about the initiative.