About the Paul J. Aicher Foundation

The mission of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation is to advance deliberative democracy and improve the quality of public life in the United States.  

Founded in 1982, The Paul J. Aicher Foundation is chartered as an operating foundation. This means that instead of making grants, we achieve our mission by developing ideas and programs and making them available to the widest possible audience. 

The Paul J. Aicher Foundation has an endowment of approximately $6 million, the annual income from which is devoted to supporting our own operating projects. The Foundation also receives generous support from the Aicher Family Foundation.  

Everyday Democracy is the primary project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation. Additional support for the work of the Center and the Foundation derives from contracts, grants, and in-kind support from other foundations and partner organizations.

About Paul J. Aicher

The Paul J. Aicher Foundation is a product of the creative energies, vision, and commitment of Paul J. Aicher. Mr. Aicher, who died in 2002, left the legacy of a powerful vision for a democracy that is alive with the participation and voice of all its people.

The Paul J. Aicher Foundation Board of Directors

  • Diana Johnson, Board Chair 
    Art Consultant. Retired Senior Vice President and City Executive, US Trust-Bank of America, Providence, R.I., and former museum curator and director
  • V. Duncan Johnson, Esq., Treasurer
    Of Counsel, Edwards Wildman & Palmer, Providence, R.I.
  • Susan Graseck, Secretary
    Director, The Choices Program, and Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
  • Sheri Brady, Trustee
    Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Washington, D.C.
  • Archon Fung, Trustee
    Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Peter Levine, Trustee
    Director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.
  • Bruce L. Mallory, Trustee
    Professor of Education, and Director of The Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire. Also Director, NH Listens, Durham, N.H.
  • Jock McClellan, Trustee
    Professor Emeritus, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Conn.
  • Miles Rapoport, Trustee
    President, Common Cause, Washington, D.C.
  • Selena Singletary, Trustee
    Community leader. Formerly, Director of Department of Human Relations, Housing and Neighborhood Services, Springfield, Ohio
  • Susan Stroud, Trustee
    Executive Director, Innovations in Civic Participation, Washington, D.C.
  • Lori Villarosa, Trustee
    Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, Washington, D.C.

Additional Officer of the Foundation

  • Martha McCoy
    President, The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
    Executive Director, Everyday Democracy
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