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Wally Siewert, Director, Civic Engagement & FOCUS Impact Fellows
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Wally Siewert, Director, Civic Engagement & FOCUS Impact FellowsWally Siewert, Ph.D., Director, Civic Engagement & FOCUS Impact Fellows
Tel: 314-657-4026
Email: wallys@focus-stl.org


Dr. Wally Siewert has over a decade of experience with civic and political engagement, from the grassroots and applied level to academic analysis and theory. From 2011-2017 Dr. Siewert was the Director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL) at the University of Missouri St. Louis. During that time CEPL established itself as a statewide hub for public ethics information, conferences, workshops, research, best practices, legislative tracking, community collaboration and more. His work explores the connection between democratic social values and the moral challenges individuals face when engaged in civic leadership of all kinds.

Prior to arriving in St. Louis in 2011, Wally spent five years earning his Ph.D. in political philosophy and ethics from the University of California Santa Barbara. He also holds an M.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in philosophy and German from Western Michigan University. Prior to returning to academia for post-graduate work Dr. Siewert spent the years around the turn of the millennium as a political organizer and lobbyist for a network of state-level grassroots consumer justice organizations, culminating with two years as the Campaign Director for the Coalition for Consumer Justice of Rhode Island. He also spent 4 years as a small business owner and manager.

Dr. Siewert’s most deeply held political beliefs are not about policy, but about political process—about what it takes to create cooperation among co-citizens while simultaneously respecting every individual’s right to pursue her own personal conception of the good. He is an avid wood-worker and animal lover who enjoys nothing more than a good game of chess with a purring cat on his lap and a dog on his feet.  

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