Eric Liu

Eric Liu

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including "A Chinaman's Chance," "The Gardens of Democracy" and "The Accidental Asian." Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.

Citizen University 2016. Eric Liu. Photo by Alabastro Photography. #CitizenUCon16

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Eric speaks regularly at campuses, corporations and conferences.

For more information on Eric’s speech topics, fees and availability, contact his speaker’s bureau:
American Program Bureau, IncOR contact his speaking agent Bob Davis directly at 800.225.4575 x 1618.

For literary inquiries, contact Rafe Sagalyn of the Sagalyn Agency at 301.718.6440.

To contact Eric, please email his assistant Arista Burwell-Chen arista(at)citizenuniversity(dot)us

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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 powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs (citizenuniversity.us), and 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, co-authored with Nick Hanauer. Eric’s most recent book is A Chinaman’s Chance, published in July, 2014. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race.” His other books include Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, which explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.

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. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and in 2010 he was awarded the Bill Grace Leadership Legacy Award by the Center for Ethical Leadership.

Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts Citizen University TV, a television program about civic power. In addition to speaking regularly at venues across the country, Eric also serves on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. He is the co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. A board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, he is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. A regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, Eric can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.

You’re More Powerful Than You Think

Available March 28, 2017
This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the “givens” of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the question that today’s rising citizens have to face is: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how?

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Books

  • ChinamansChance-copy-e1404498360240
    A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream

    What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment?

  • the-gardens-of-democracy
    The Gardens of Democracy

    A new way of understanding citizenship, the economy, and the role of government. Co-authored with Nick Hanauer.

  • the-true-patriot
    The True Patriot

    Why it’s time to redefine patriotism in America. Co-authored with Nick Hanauer.

  • guiding-lights
    Guiding Lights

    Stories and lessons from life-changing mentors and teachers from all walks.

  • imagination-first
    Imagination First

    All innovation begins with imagination. Here’s how to cultivate it. Co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon.

  • the-accidental-asian
    The Accidental Asian

    Reflections on race in America beyond black and white.

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