Amy Lee

Amy Lee

Amy Lee

Associate Director, IDEA


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Areas of Expertise

  • deliberative democracy, participatory democracy
  • transatlantic collaboration

Amy Lee is the Associate Director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement & Accountability. Her focus is developing and testing practical innovations to make democracy both more participatory and also more deliberative. Previously, Amy was a program officer for eight years with the Kettering Foundation, a research foundation that studies deliberative democracy, particularly democratic decision making. At Kettering, she led the development of the foundation’s platform for online deliberative forums, Common Ground for Action, a transparent, visually engaging environment for deliberative decision making. She also led the training of its network of users and directed research evaluating its effectiveness. The platform is now being used throughout the US by communities, professional organizations, educators and policymakers, including members of Congress. Amy was also a 2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow, participating in the German Marshall Fund’s immersive program for emerging leaders focusing on the transatlantic engagement and collaboration.