Eric Liu "is an author and educator who has served in senior leadership roles in national politics, media, and business. From 2000 to 2002, he was a vice president at RealNetworks, the pioneering Internet media firm. Prior to that, he served as a foreign policy speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser in the Clinton administration. Mr. Liu’s most recent book, Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (Random House, 2004), examines life-changing teachers and mentors from all walks of life, and was named the official book of National Mentoring Month. He also the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (Random House), a New York Times Notable Book of 1998, and was editor of the anthology, Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Norton, 1994). He has been a contributor to MSNBC and Slate, and currently teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy. Mr. Liu is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
- Governing Board, Common Cause
- Director, Alliance for Education 
- Trustee, Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action
- Advisory Board, Talaris Research Institute 
- Editorial Committee, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas