Dr. Wally Siewert recently arrived in St. Louis to take on the role of the first permanent Director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life. Dr. Siewert holds a PhD in political philosophy and ethics from the University of California Santa Barbara. He previously served as the Program Director for the Coalition for Consumer Justice of Rhode Island.
"All too often ethics in public life is a subject only discussed when a massive ethical failure results in the kind of political bloodbath the media thrives on. It takes a broader perspective to recognize that it is not just one person, or one party, or one administration that loses on such occasions. The public's faith in government is the lifeblood of a democracy, and that faith is drained away with every headline splashing political ethics scandal. I see the mission of The Center for Ethics in Public Life to provide a form of 'preventative care' aimed at engendering a healthier and more productive political process by educating its participants, holding them ethically accountable, and advocating for the best ethical political practices."
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