West Virginia Center for Civic Life

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The West Virginia. Center for Civic Life is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps engage our citizens in community discussions of important public issues that affect our state and nation.

Think. Talk. Act.

Our Staff

Betty KnightonBetty Knighton, Director
Betty Knighton has been the director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life since its founding in 1998. A primary focus of her work has been building a network of public dialogue in the state through collaborative partnerships with educational, civic, faith-based, and governmental organizations.


Jean AmbroseJean Ambrose, Program Coordinator
Jean Ambrose, West Virginia Center for Civic Life project coordinator, was a founding member of the Center and served as President of its Board of Directors for several years. She is engaged in all facets of the Center’ s work, including organizational development and training programs