2015 Founders' Fellows and Mentors, 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago


In 2006, ASPA launched the Founders’ Fellows program, aimed at supporting the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. The Fellows attend and present at the Annual Conference and write a subject matter paper on an issue related to their scholarship or work, which is published in PA TIMES Online.

Initially open to graduate students, the Fellowship program has expanded to include new professionals in the first five years of their public service career. In 2015, the program significantly strengthened its visibility, content and offerings. This year’s class of 23 Fellows—selected following the most competitive process to date—participated in a year-long series of activities that included ongoing mentoring, webinars and more.

2018 Founders' Fellows Program

The Founders' Fellows program will begin accepting applications for its 2018 class this fall. Full details will be announced and posted in early or mid-September, along with a link to the application form and steps interested parties will need to take for consideration. 

"Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
 - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow


Program Benefits

  • Complimentary attendance at the Annual Conference, where they present their research 
  • Complimentary admission to Conference events and hotel accommodations
  • One-year ASPA membership
  • An exclusive mentorship with senior mentors who are matched with them based on academic and professional interests
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs
  • Personal and professional development through their senior mentor match

Critical Links:

Orientation Webinars Available

2017 Fellows and mentors: access your Feb. 22 webinars here:

Founders' Fellows

Fellows Mentors


2017 Sponsors

Thank you to the following institutions, groups and individuals for your financial support of the 2017 Founders' Fellows program:
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University Askew School
  • Frannie Edwards
  • George Mason University
  • Indiana University
  • Michael Warren
  • MPAC
  • National Capital Area Chapter
  • SCNS
  • SDSJ
  • SECM
  • SECoPA
  • SPALR
  • South Florida Chapter
  • Suncoast Chapter
  • Texas Southern University
  • Western Michigan University
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation


    "I think the program is an excellent way to link practitioners and academics, which I feel is one of the most important aspects of ASPA."
     - Peter Federman, University of Kansas, 2015 Founders' Fellow



    "Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
     - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow


    "Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
     - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow