Dennis Boyer has a background political science, public administration, and law. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law and practiced law until 2014.
Boyer has managed IF projects resulting in discussion guidebooks on rewarding work, regulation, energy, democratic process and practice, humanitarian policy, and climate impacts. He has co-managed projects with Ieva Notturno (national security) and Shannon Wheatley Hartman (freshwater and agriculture). He and Natalie Hopkinson are currently partnering on a discussion project on the future of philanthropy.
Boyer is also working on several approaches to expanding and extending the reach of IF guidebooks. He has conducted several trial series of public discussions using regulation, climate, and freshwater materials that encouraged local groups to use IF guidebooks as starting points and then develop their own customized materials. He is also coordinating efforts to develop multi-topic discussions that use IF materials, starting with climate-energy-freshwater developmental discussions.
He has facilitated over 60 public discussion series in the last ten years on many topics, but has a current focus on democratic practice and process.
He lives on a farm in Southwest Wisconsin where he manages a sustainable forest and hikes local trails.