“We need to research, educate, listen to, and understand each other. It is hard to imagine social progress anywhere that wasn’t dependent on freedom of speech.”

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law

The National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at the University of California is chaired by UC President Napolitano and governed by an Advisory Board co-chaired by UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman.

The Advisory Board is responsible for providing guidance to the Center’s Executive Director and UC senior officials overseeing the work of the Center, to  ensure that it is advancing its mission with high quality and high impact programming and activities. The Advisory Board will select the Center’s Fellows and make recommendations with respect to the organization of the Center’s yearly national conference.

National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement Chair

Janet Napolitano

President, University of California

Advisory Board Co-chairs

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Howard Gillman

Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Advisory Board

Barbara Boxer

Former U.S. Senator

Harvey Brody

UC Regent Emeritus

Vijaya Gadde

General Counsel, Twitter

Tamara Keith

White House Correspondent, NPR

John King

President and CEO, The Education Trust; Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Anne Kornblut

Director, Strategic Communications, Facebook

Avi Oved

Student, UCLA Law School

Bret Stephens

Columnist, New York Times

Geoffrey R. Stone

Professor, University of Chicago Law School

George Will

Columnist, Washington Post