Lisa-Marie Napoli, Ph.D., received her M.P.A. in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University and her doctoral degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University. She currently is a lecturer in the PACE program and Director of the Internship program. With a passion to bridge different perspectives to enhance greater understanding, she specializes in the research and practice of conflict management, civil discourse, and deliberative democracy. She joined the PACE program at its inception, led the curricular content development for several PACE courses, and stepped into the role of associate director in July 2017. She also is Director of the PACE’s Voices for Democracy and Civility, an initiative that prepares college students to moderate deliberative dialogue with community members about contentious public issues to move toward positive action.
Lisa-Marie remains motivated and inspired for lifelong learning in a number of ways, including through her participation as an associate in research-learning exchanges with the Kettering Foundation—focusing on Centers for Public Life, college students and politics, climate change, safety and justice, and other issues. She has over 20 years of experience as a group facilitator, interpersonal mediator, and workshop trainer. She is active in the city of Bloomington community as a consultant and organizer in a number of ways.
To maintain balance in life, she enjoys bicycling to work year-round and explores opportunities to run, dance, hike, swim, and do yoga (often with her son) when possible.