Nikolai DiPippa

Director of Public Programs

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Little Rock

Age: 34

Nikolai DiPippa

Nikolai DiPippa believes that now, more than ever, people need open discourse, and the speaker series he runs for the Clinton School of Public Service offers it.

“The creation of a space where thoughts can be expressed and the community gain, to create a community that people can come to and express themselves, is something that is extremely valuable, I think, to my hometown,” he said. “It’s a place where people can come and be inspired to do different things, or to learn a different subject, or to maybe experience a different viewpoint than they may have thought was out there.”

DiPippa has overseen 1,250 programs with 200,000 in-person attendees and 500,000 online viewers.

His work at the school began before it opened, 12 years ago, when he was looking for a summer job while preparing to pursue a career as a lawyer. But DiPippa doesn’t regret not pursuing that path. There’s never a dull day at the Clinton School, he said.

DiPippa is also a founding board member of the Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival, which was held for the first time this year. He said the event highlighted his heritage and benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas.