Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. Eric is founder of the Guiding Lights Network, which promotes and teaches the art of creative citizenship. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer; The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; Guiding Lights, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute. Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. He is currently a Fellow at the Center For Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he lives in Seattle where he teaches at the University of Washington and serves on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. A regular columnist for TIME.com, Eric can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.