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rsl.image Robert S. Leming, Director
Robert is the national director of the We the People Programs. He also teaches gratuate courses
at Kansas State University. Prior to joining the Center in 1998, he served as the Indiana We the People
state coordinator since 1987. Robert teaches graduate courses at Kansas state Univeristy.
Robert taught middle and high school government and math in Michigan and the U.S. Virgin Islands
from 1977–83. He also taught part time in jails and prisons in Michigan, the U.S. Virginia Islands, and
Indiana from 1978-1998. He holds three degrees from Indiana University where he taught social studies
methods undergraduate and graduate courses. He graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in
Wiesbaden, Germany in 1972.

photo Erin Smith, Assistant Director, We the People Programs 
Erin Smith co-manages a national network of fifty state civic education programs. Her responsibilities include the Annual We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C., and the National Academy for Civics and Government, a 3-week summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Smith returned to the Center in 2012 after a year as program director with the Pablove Foundation, a Los Angeles-based pediatric cancer nonprofit that fundraises for research and support programs for families. Prior to joining the Center in 2009, Smith was an account executive with Leary & Company, Inc. Public Relations in Boston. Erin also served as field organizer for Lawless for Congress, supporting Jennifer Lawless's 2006 candidacy for U.S. Congress (RI-02). Smith graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island, earning her BA in political science. 



Washington, D.C. Office

030111-Molli-Bio-100-100 Mark Molli, associate director
Mark is an associate director for the Center, and managing director of the Washington D.C. office. He has served as Chief of Staff for Representative Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles), supervising overall operations for his Capitol Hill office from 1985–90. From 1977–84, he served as Hawkins's Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary, managing education, foreign affairs, environment, labor, and other issues.