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March 27, 2024

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ASPA Announces 2024 Class of Founders’ Fellows, Inaugural Underwriting Sponsors of Flagship Program

ASPA is proud to announce the 2024-2025 Founders’ Fellows, the Society’s premier program recognizing the exceptional accomplishments and potential of the next generation of public servants in both the academic and practitioner communities. This year’s 21-member class represents the most diverse class to date in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, professional focus, tenure in the field and scholastic merit. The 2024-2025 Fellows are:

  • Michelle Allgood (University of New Mexico)
  • Karissa Bergene (George Mason University)
  • Noelle Broughton (University of Kansas)
  • Aaron Colletta (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Claudia Cormier (Texas State University)
  • Raúl Gutiérrez Meave (University of Illinois—Chicago)
  • Kathryn Hickey (University of Central Florida)
  • Colt Jensen (University of Georgia)
  • Perrin Kennedy (American University)
  • Sola Kim (Arizona State University)
  • Georgia Noone-Sherrod (University of Baltimore; Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center)
  • Diane Odeh (Portland State University)
  • Reyna Reyes Núñez (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
  • Krzysztof Sadowski (Fairleigh Dickinson University; Passaic County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Xiaojiao Shi (Renmin University of China)
  • Mariana Silveira (São Paulo School of Business Administration)
  • John South (Florida International University)
  • Mary Strawderman (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Reidel Vichot (University of Delaware)
  • Melanie Waddell (University of Georgia)
  • Amerra Webster (University of Montana)
“The Class of 2024—21 strong—joins more than 350 talented and committed public service professionals who have benefited from this program since its inception,” ASPA Executive Director and CEO Bill Shields said. “Individually, each brings a set of educational, professional and life experiences that demonstrate so very well the reasons for their selection. Collectively, they represent the very best of what ASPA, our nation and the world have to offer when it comes to serving the public good effectively, efficiently and equitably.”

Founders’ Fellows receive a year-long series of developmental opportunities designed for their professional growth. Their participation will begin at ASPA’s 2024 Annual Conference, taking place April 12-16 in Minneapolis. The Fellows will present research, participate in customized programming and meet individually with their mentors who are matched with them based on academic and professional interests. Fellows participate in tailored webinars and continue their personal senior-mentor match throughout the year.

For more than 15 years, ASPA has proudly hosted the Founders’ Fellows program as a significant investment in our future public service leaders. This year, it is honored to welcome several university programs and public service organizations as inaugural Founders’ Fellows underwriting sponsors. These institutions have made five- or ten-year funding commitments to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability and vitality, and are provided the opportunity to designate a selected Founders’ Fellow in their name. The institutions are:
  • Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
  • The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • University of Baltimore, MPA Program
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Public Administration
  • ASPA’s Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR)
In addition, a group of ASPA leaders and longtime members have underwritten a Fellowship to honor Diane M. Disney, currently a member of the National Council, whose public service is an exemplar for future generations. A former deputy assistant secretary of defense, she served in leading academic positions, including university dean and director of several research institutes.

“For years, the Founders’ Fellows program has received its support from a small but mighty group of individual contributors and mentors, but this year our extended community has embraced the opportunity to provide substantial and sustained support,” said ASPA President Patria de Lancer Julnes, Rosenthal Endowed Professor and Director, School of Public Administration, at the University of New Mexico. “These universities and institutions have stepped up and demonstrated their commitment to what this program stands for: the future of public service. By investing in these Fellows, and those to follow, they have paved the way to further propel this program to greater heights of impact.”

Interested in adding your university's name to the list of supporting schools? Contact us for more information.


We Are Excited to See You in Minneapolis!

ASPA's 2024 Annual Conference is less than three weeks away and there is a lot planned for everyone joining us in Minneapolis.

Did you know there's a fun Minnesota-themed Welcome Reception Saturday night? How about an awesome 1980s dance party Sunday? Interested in meeting some pets who help during disasters? What about a Career Fair? Student career development? Nine presidential panels? Six plenaries? Forty-plus award honorees? A live BookTalk?

There's a lot going on, not including the tremendous amount of research and on-the-ground information that will be delivered during our 150 concurrent sessions. Take a breath now because you'll be busy the entire time you're there!

And, in case you missed it last week, we have announced who will be delivering the 2024 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Lecture: Seymour Mansfield. The Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award and lecture honors a public administrator for distinguished contributions toward achieving fairness, justice and equality in governance. This year's honoree continues a 20-plus-year history of recognizing those who fight for these principles and also shares a special relationship with the award's namesake.

Seymour Mansfield actively practiced law for 48 years, first in Illinois and then Minnesota. He also was licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and many federal district and appellate courts. He was a legal aid lawyer in Illinois and Minnesota, culminating in his tenure as the executive director and chief counsel for Minnesota’s largest program for civil legal aid to the poor and disadvantaged in Minneapolis and 22 counties (1979-1981). He continued as an active private practitioner in three Minnesota law firms—Seymour J. Mansfield & Associates, Mansfield Tanick & Cohen and Foley & Mansfield—until his retirement in 2019.

At the start of his lifelong pursuit of social, economic and racial justice cases, beginning while still in law school, Mansfield had the honor of successfully representing Gloria Hobson Nordin (then Gloria Smith) in an apartment rental discrimination case, Gloria Smith v. Sol D. Adler Realty Co., resulting in a 1970 precedent-setting decision in the 7th Circuit of Appeals under the recently resurrected post-Civil War Civil Rights Act. Although he went on to be a lead counsel in many other major class and impact litigation, winning Gloria’s case was extraordinarily resonant, memorable and special given the wonderful friendship between him, his wife and Gloria.

Mansfield became a nationally recognized litigator of ground-breaking law reform, impact and class-action cases in consumer protection, federal housing law and employment law, which he will highlight in his presentation. He was recognized as 2009 honoree of The Fund for Legal Aid and Bar Association at its Law Day Testimonial Dinner for his lifetime achievements in supporting legal services and the pursuit of social, economic and racial justice for the disadvantaged.

Mansfield has served on numerous boards throughout his career including the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar associations, Possis Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ), Lawyers Associated Worldwide, Fund for Legal Aid, Jewish Community Action, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, Generation Atomic and Bet Shalom Congregation. He is a former chair and current director of the Albert and Anne Mansfield Foundation.

Mansfield was an honors graduate from DePaul University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of DePaul Law Review.

The Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award and Lecture is a lunch event with a separate fee associated. If you have not registered yet, include this event with your registration. Current conference registration rates are $669 for members, $749 for nonmembers. Student and new professional members may register for only $259. View all registration rates and details online here. (If you have registered and want to add this event to your registration, visit our website to do so.)

We look forward to having you with us, in person, in Minneapolis this April!

Remembering Allan Rosenbaum

The American Society for Public Administration remembers Immediate Past President Allan Rosenbaum, who passed away March 17, following a brief illness. Allan most recently served as ASPA’s president in 2021-2023, and before that in 2014-2015.

Allan’s contributions to the discipline and profession of public administration were significant and his accomplishments many. It was the rare ASPA member who did not, in some meaningful way, engage with Allan throughout his 45-plus-year association in our Society. His committed leadership spanned geographic boundaries—from the local, where he was a longtime board member and president of ASPA’s South Florida Chapter, to the international, where he served multiple terms as ASPA’s international director. And, his commitment to the next generation of academic and public service leaders extended well beyond the classroom and into ASPA programming, where he was a longtime contributor and mentor in our flagship Founders’ Fellows program, Young Scholars Workshop and student and young professional programs.

In each of these roles, Allan was the consummate ambassador for ASPA and so ably represented the constituencies he served. In all of the roles, however, he also challenged our organization to more effectively recognize the roles we must play in protecting democracy. Deeply committed to the founding principles of public administration and civil society, he believed strongly that government cannot operate effectively or provide efficient public administration without democratic norms and institutions. Against the backdrop of political and economic turmoil here and abroad, advancing democratic ideals became the cornerstone of his 2021-2023 presidential term. It also was the focus of the final presidential column he wrote one year ago.

Allan spent much of his academic career at Florida International University, most recently as university distinguished professor, and previously as dean of the Steven J. Green School of Public Affairs and director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service and the Center for Democracy and Good Governance. He also held several local, state and federal government positions, served on the faculties of the Universities of Maryland, Connecticut and Wisconsin and held a research position at the University of Chicago.

For many, it is his international work for which Allan will be most remembered as he pushed us to see the world through new perspectives. A former member and vice chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, last year he began to chair a UN task force looking to strengthen public administration education internationally. He led projects for USAID, the World Bank, Swedish International Development Agency and governments around the globe. Understanding the role and responsibility of professional associations in this space, his leadership or participation in such organizations as IASIA, IIAS, NISPAcee and NASPAA earned him recognitions too numerous to list here.

Allan was deeply committed to his family, most especially his wife Judy, who has become as much a welcome fixture in ASPA as Allan was. They cherished their daughters and grandchildren. Any listener to Allan’s descriptions of his family’s travels and accomplishments knew that parent and grandparent were the roles of which he was most proud.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33132. We also will recognize Allan’s contributions to ASPA at our upcoming annual conference in Minneapolis. Members who wish to leave a message for Allan’s family may do so by writing [email protected]; we will be sure to forward them.

E-Learning at Your Fingertips

ASPA staff work tirelessly to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing all year long through our e-learning program. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Student and New Professional series programming.

BookTalk: Experts in Government
April 25 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Don Kettl, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

From Caligula and the time of ancient Rome to the present, governments have relied on experts to manage public programs. But with that expertise has come power and that power has long proven difficult to hold accountable. The tension between experts in the bureaucracy and the policy goals of elected officials remains bitter. President Donald Trump labeled these experts as a "deep state," seeking to resist the policies he believed he was elected to pursue—and he developed a policy scheme to make it far easier to fire experts he deemed insufficiently loyal. The age-old battles between expertise and accountability have come to a sharp point and resolving these challenges requires a fresh look at the rule of law to shape the role of experts in governance.

From the Archives
BookTalk: Human Resource Essentials for Public Service: People, Process, Performance
Tough issues face human resource managers. With the specter of Schedule F hanging over federal jobs, the time to understand why good government requires job protections is now. And there are no easy answers for the right blend of remote versus in-person work; or how employees can find meaningfulness in their jobs; or how to forestall workplace violence; or how to ensure equitable processes. Listen to this webinar via our online archives now. (Members only)

New ASPA Members in 2024

Hundreds of public administrators, scholars, students and researchers have joined ASPA so far this year, including new group members.

This week, we are excited to welcome the University of Massachusetts—Lowell, our most recent addition. We look forward to encouraging students and faculty to make the most of ASPA membership.

As a reminder, for those looking for easy ways to use your ASPA membership right away, below are a few options:

  • Local Chapter Membership
    ASPA Chapters provide an unparalleled opportunity for public administrators—practitioners, students and academics alike—to meet and network within their geographic area. Most Chapters host networking events; many present awards. They meet regularly and keep you up‐to‐date about your local public service community. Chapters come with your membership; you should have been connected with a Chapter when you joined. If you need help meeting your Chapter's president or other leaders, email us and we'll introduce you!

  • E-Newsletter Access
    Stay connected with the rest of the public administration community! This newsletter, The Bridge, is distributed twice-monthly and includes the latest information from across the discipline. This Week At ASPA is delivered weekly and gives you an at-a-glance run-down of everything happening at ASPA in the week ahead. You also can manage your communications preferences via your profile on our website (Click on My Preferences to see all of our mailing lists). If you need help, email us and we'll guide you through it!

  • Free Webinars
    Every month, ASPA members get exclusive access to professional development opportunities through a robust program of live professional development webinars and BookTalks. Hear from experts in the field about best practices and trends that are changing the field. Can't make it to the live version? Access our members-only webinar archives after the events take place.

  • Code of Ethics
    ASPA's Code of Ethics provides members—as well as others in the discipline—basic tenets for ethical behavior in public administration. Members also can make the most of supporting documents that help them translate theory into practice.
Check out more services on our website and get started using everything now. Need help learning how to access everything we do? Our most recent new member orientation video is on our website. Listen to that for more information!

We hope you stay active in ASPA throughout the coming year!


Read and Download Public Integrity’s 25th Anniversary Article Collection

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Public Integrity (PI), the leadership team has put together a collection of 30 papers spanning the journal’s history and authorship on innovative, interesting and diverse topics—papers well worth visiting or revisiting. The collection is available open to the public to read and download for the remainder of 2024.

After 25 years, PI continues to be proud to be a journal of the American Society for Public Administration and to represent students, scholars and professionals in the community. We hope you will enjoy reading this collection of papers and celebrating PI’s anniversary with the journal team, ASPA and T&F in 2024.

Public Administration Today Highlight

Public Administration Today features white papers, research and blogs from across the profession. If you're interested in more—especially your own curated news feed in your inbox every week—visit the website, create an account and check off your interest areas so you can stay up to date about the latest research being released!

Delivering Unique Experiences: Insights for Local Governments As They Embrace Digital Transformation
Via Government Technology: Local government agencies have worked diligently to transform and modernize how services are delivered. But delivering unique experiences that streamline and personalize interactions with agencies isn’t always as easy as it might appear.

Tips, Resources and the Fun Stuff

Women's Salaries Are Lower, and Their Expenses Are Higher. Here's How to Push Back
Death might be inevitable but the pink tax doesn't have to be.

Birds, Bees and Even Plants Might Act Weird During the Solar Eclipse
A total eclipse isn’t just a spectacle in the sky. When the moon consumes the sun on April 8, day will plunge into twilight, the temperature will drop—and nature will take notice.

In the News

Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from recent weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


Public Finance Public Service Social Equity

Members in the News

Federal Managers Play a Key but Forgotten Role in Job Satisfaction
By Howard Risher

Goldman Sachs Public Service in Health Care Award Established with a $500,000 Endowment
News from the University of New Mexico School of Public Administration

Tell Me Something Good...

Need some good news in your world? Check this out:

Girl Scout Troop Resolved to Support Migrants Despite Backlash
Once a week in a midtown Manhattan hotel, dozens of Girl Scouts gather in a spare room made homey by string lights and children’s drawings. They earn badges, go on field trips to the Statue of Liberty and learn how to navigate the subway in a city most have just begun to call home.

Around Public Administration

Here are the most recent updates from across the profession. Did we miss you? Send us your news and we'll include it in the next round!

Upcoming Events:

Calls for proposals, calls for nominations and other updates:
  • University of Kansas Discussion Series Focuses on Administering the 2024 Election
    As part the University of Kansas' discussion series on the Future of Democratic Governance hosted by the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Institute for Policy and Social Research, Charles Stewart, III, (MIT) will discuss "Miracle or Tragedy? Anticipating the Challenges of Administering the 2024 Election.” This is a hybrid event held both in-person and online. RSVP is required through this link. RSVP by March 27th.

  • Pathways to Life Abroad, Global Education Summit
    Sponsored by Policy Pathways, this daylong event will take place April 13 at Hugenot High School in Richmond, Virginia. Panel discussion topics include study abroad opportunities; international education; and global careers in a culture of internationalization. Learn more at PolicyPathways.org.


Here's a selection of current pieces on PA TIMES Online, covering a range of issues within the profession. We accept individual articles on a rolling basis; if you have a piece you think would fit our publication, submit it to [email protected] for consideration. (Please review our submission guidelines in advance!)


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