UH planning professor named to national board

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Karl Kim, (808) 956-7381
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Posted: Jan 13, 2006

HONOLULU — Dr. Dolores Foley, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UH Mānoa, has been elected to the board of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI).

Established by the Kettering Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, NIFI is a nonpartisan organization that works with a network of civic, educational and other groups and individuals, and ensures that they are supported with issue books and other materials that stimulate serious public deliberation on major issues that Americans face locally and nationally. The organization also presents outcomes of forums at congressional hearings and other policymaking venues around the world.

Foley was formally invited to join the national board by David Mathews, president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, who praised her efforts in promoting public deliberation. By joining the board, Mathews hopes Foley can expand her role to assist communities across the nation working on complex public policy issues.

"This is a significant honor for Professor Foley, recognizing her expertise and outstanding efforts in promoting deliberative democracy, and we look forward to her continued active involvement with Kettering and the NIFI," stated Karl Kim, chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Department.

Foley, who holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California, has been organizing forums and workshops in Hawaiʻi and around the world for the past seven years. Her research focuses on public deliberation of public policy issues and strengthening the connections between communities and the university.