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Our center was founded as an expression of John W. Gardner’s vision for vibrant civic participation and civic life, and within that, his conviction that we have collective responsibility—as individuals, institutions, and communities—to promote and sustain civic vitality. Guided by this vision, here we highlight all those who contribute to the work of the Gardner Center, inclusive of center staff, faculty, students, and our research partners. To view all Gardner Center staff, students, and faculty advisors, click here


We are a team of interdisciplinary researchers, policy analysts, and community engagement specialists who specialize in research-practice partnerships.


In an effort to build Stanford students’ capacity to use their knowledge and skills in ways that advance the vitality of youth, families, and communities, we invite both undergraduate and graduate students to join us in this partner-centered approach.

Faculty Advisors

Our work benefits from the engagement and contributions of faculty from diverse fields and disciplines across Stanford University.

John W. Gardner

"John Gardner stands as an exemplar of the power of one individual to have a positive impact on society," said Stanford President John Hennessy at the time of Gardner’s death in 2002. "His life should remind all of us that education and public service can work together as a powerful force to improve the world in which we live. At Stanford, we are exceedingly fortunate and proud to have called him our colleague—his name and good works will continue to inspire students, staff, and faculty for years to come." To learn more about John Gardner's life and contributions, click here.