About Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership


The Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership enables young leaders to consider the foundational ideas of leadership in a free society by connecting them with mentors and fellow young leaders through seminars, lectures, and fellowship programs. Our goal is to develop the next generation of public and private sector leaders, in the spirit of collegiality and non-partisan cooperation.

What We Do

Led by Washington State Representative Hans Zeiger, the program is designed to foster young leaders in the fields of business, politics, law, education, media, the arts, and religion who want to be involved in a lifetime of service to their communities. The Chapman Center hosts public events throughout the year (as part of its Gorton Lecture Series), and private quarterly events (the Discovery Leadership Roundtable) for a select group of young professionals chosen through an application process.

About Bruce Chapman

The Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership is named in honor Bruce Chapman, who founded Discovery Institute in 1990.

Mr. Chapman has had an extraordinary career in public policy. As a young man at Harvard University, Chapman founded Advance Magazine (a journal of political thought), and authored (or co-authored) two books. He was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1971, where he advocated for historic preservation, including the protection of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. As Washington’s Secretary of State from 1975-1979, Mr. Chapman convinced then-Governor Dan Evans to welcome refugees from Vietnam, most of whom faced certain death if forced to return. Under President Ronald Reagan, he served as the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Director of the White House Office of Planning and Evaluation, and pushed for family-friendly policies, including those that encouraged adoption. In 1985, President Reagan appointed him U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Organizations in Vienna, Austria. Through Discovery Institute, Mr. Chapman has had a national impact on public policy in a diverse set of fields, including transportation, technology, and science and culture.

The Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership draws lessons from this storied career and seeks to instill them in a new generation of public policy and community leaders.


Steven J. Buri

Steven J. Buriwas appointed President of Discovery Institute in December 2011. He joined the Institute in April 2000 as Executive Director and was named Vice President in 2005. Read more.

Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapmanis a specialist in public policy development with a long career in government service at all levels, as well as a private career as an editorial writer, publisher and public policy fellow. Read more.

Hans Zeiger

Hans Zeigerleads the Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership at Discovery Institute. He is serving his second term in the Washington State House of Representatives for the 25th District (Puyallup, Fife, South Hill, Summit, Waller, Midland and Parkland). Hans serves on the Transportation, Higher Education, Technology and Economic Development, and Early Learning and Human Services Committees. Read more.