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Amy K. Dacey

Amy K. Dacey, Executive Director of the Sine Institute

American University recently launched the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics to bring together experts and students to work on the nation's most pressing challenges by seeking common ground and bipartisan solutions.

The Institute's Executive Director, Amy K. Dacey, SPA/MA '95, is a leader in policy and civics education who has managed national organizations and advised leading elected officials and candidates. As executive director, she convenes leaders in conversations about critical public issues facing the nation at all levels.

A cornerstone of the Sine Institute is its fellows program—innovative leaders in government, politics, journalism, nonprofits, and business. In this inaugural year, the Sine Institute welcomed fellows Abdul El-Sayed, former Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department; Bill Haslam, 49th governor of Tennessee; William Kristol, The Weekly Standard founder; Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist; and Karen Zacarías, playwright. Wes Bush, Chairman of Northrop Grumman Corporation, served as the first Sine Institute Distinguished Lecturer.

The Sine Institute is made possible through a milestone gift from AU alumnus, trustee, and entrepreneur Jeff Sine, SIS/BA '76, and Samira Sine, an advocate and journalist. "Through this gift we wanted to make an immediate and lasting impact at the intersection of politics and policy, increasing AU's visibility," said Jeff and Samira.

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