For Immediate Release
March 19, 2017
Karen Garrett
Chief of Communications & Marketing
(202) 585-4313

ASPA and NAPA Recognize Public Service Leadership with the 2017 National Public Service Awards

Washington, DC – Each year, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) select outstanding public servants for its National Public Service Award. This year’s recipients, Marc Ott and Max Stier, represent extraordinary leadership in economic development and intergovernmental relations. Their awards will be presented March 19 during ASPA’s Annual Conference in Atlanta.

“These public service awards are our opportunity to say thank you to dedicated individuals for their hard work and contributions to society. Public service is about commitment to others and we are proud to highlight these individuals’ accomplishments,” said ASPA Executive Director William Shields.

Marc Ott is executive director of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, the authority on leadership and management for appointed professional managers and administrators serving U.S. and international local governments. In this capacity, Ott oversees a workforce of 100 employees and a budget of more than $30 million. Prior to joining ICMA, Ott served as city manager of Austin, Texas, a full-service city with more than 40 departments, a workforce of 14,000 employees, an all-funds budget of $3.7 billion and a AAA bond rating that was maintained throughout his tenure. During his nearly nine years as chief executive and chief administrative officer, Ott championed employee empowerment, civic dialogue, innovation and fiscal sustainability with the goal of having Austin recognized as the “Best Managed City in America.” Ott earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan’s Oakland University and his MPA from the same university. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Innovation.

Max Stier is the founding president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service. Under his leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues. Stier has worked previously in all three branches of the federal government. In 1982, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Jim Leach. He clerked for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992 and for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Between these two positions, he served as Special Litigation Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman at the Department of Justice. In 1995, Stier joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly where he practiced primarily in the area of white collar defense. A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, Stier is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Administrative Conference of the United States and the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College.


About ASPA: ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. Learn more at

About NAPA: Chartered by Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to help public sector leaders meet management challenges through evaluation, analysis and recommendations. Learn more at