Steve Brigham

Steve Brigham is the new President of AmericaSpeaks as of July 1, 2012. In the previous 11 ½ years, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer of the organization, and with its founder, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, shepherded an impressive range of work that earned AmericaSpeaks a national reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal. Signature projects Steve has led for the organization include: Listening to the City (redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, post 9/11), Positive Visions for Biodiversity (global summit in Brussels), Shaping America’s Youth (national project on youth obesity), Envision Prince George’s (county-wide visioning and agenda-building), Clinton Global Initiative (support of their international meeting for four years), and the One City Summit (city-wide summit in Washington, D.C.).

Prior to joining AmericaSpeaks, Steve served as a strategic planning consultant for Kaludis Consulting Group and Group Decision Support Systems serving the public and higher education sectors. He also spent five years as director of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project at the American Association for Higher Education, working with a national network of 100+ campus directors of quality improvement.

Steve also played a key role in a couple of citizen diplomacy initiatives in the 1980’s, including a cross-country march to raise awareness about the perils of the nuclear arms race with 500 citizens from around the world and walks in the US and USSR involving nearly 1,000 American and Soviet citizens during the ground-breaking years of glasnost and perestroika.

Steve has a master’s degree in organization development from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He resides in Bowie, Maryland and spends most of his free time with his wife Tonya and his beloved children, Grace (8 years old) and Isaiah (3 years old).