Wally Siewert

Wally Siewert

Director of Civic Engagement – FOCUS St. Louis

I have two central interests: Governance and Education.

I have explored public policy from the street level, as a community organizer, from the office-holder level, as a state-legislature lobbyist and campaigner, and at the abstract level, as an academic political theorist. My goal is to do some small part to make sure that the future of the human social endeavor benefits from hard-won lessons.
Education is probably the only true social silver bullet. It is negatively correlated with virtually all pervasive social ills, from poverty and crime to pollution. As an educator and as a citizen I will work to continue the American tradition of universal education and civic engagement.

Specialties: Social Justice, The Ethics of the democratic (small d) Political Process, health care and energy policy.

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