Presidential Panels

Race, Reparations and Remedies: Perspectives from a Nervous Area of Government

Saturday, March 18 | 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Moderator: Mary Guy

Mary E. Guy is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on the human processes involved in public service delivery and on the translation of democratic theory to street-level services, winning multiple awards for work that advances both theory and practice. President of ASPA in 1997-1998, she is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Samuel Myers, Jr. (University of Minnesota)
Samuel L. Myers, Jr., is the Director and Professor, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. His research has focused on racial earnings inequality, racial disparities in crime, discrimination in home mortgage lending and consumer credit markets, racial and ethnic disproportionality in child welfare systems, faculty underrepresentation in STEM fields, and racial disparities in government contracting. At the University of Minnesota, Myers holds concurrent appointments in the Applied Economics Ph.D. Program and the graduate minor in population studies. He maintains an affiliation with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, China) where he was in residence in 2008-2009 and is a visiting lecturer at the National Law School of India University (Bangalore, India). He received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University.

Julie Nelson (University of California-Berkeley)

Brian Williams (University of Georgia)

Governance Around the Globe in an Era of Populism

Saturday, March 18 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Moderator: Meredith Newman, Florida International University


Shyaka Anastase (Rwanda Governance Board)

Rolet Loretan (Director General, International Institute of Administrative Sciences)

Jae Moon (Underwood Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University)

Allan Rosenbaum (Florida International University)

Sexual Orientation and Your Career

Saturday, March 18 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Erik Bergrud, Park University


Gregory Lewis (Georgia State University)
Gregory B. Lewis is a professor of public management and policy and the chair of the department in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.  A National Academy of Public Administration Fellow and winner of the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award from ASPA and NASPAA, he received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and previously taught at the University of Georgia and American University.  He has published widely on the impact of sex, race and sexual orientation on the career patterns of public employees. His research on lesbian and gay rights includes several studies on public opinion, as well as work on the impact of government policies on the employment and pay of lesbians and gay men.

Reggie Mebane (Center for Disease Control)

Norma Riccucci (Rutgers University)

Phin Xaypangna (Mecklenburg County)

Kellogg Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Panel

Sunday, March 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

More details to follow.

Public Administration in the New Presidential Administration

Sunday, March 19 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Karen Hult (Virginia Tech)
Karen M. Hult (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is Professor and Chair of Political Science and core faculty member (and past chair) of the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Her primary research emphases are U.S. executive institutions, organizational/institutional design and dynamics, policy dynamics, and social science methodologies. The author of co-author of four books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, Hult currently is working on a co-authored volume on White House chiefs of staff and a book on structuring and governance in public organizations and policy networks. Since 2000, she has been a contributing scholar on essays on the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Staff Secretary for the White House Transition Project, for which she also serves as a member of the board. Hult is past president of the Presidency Research Group, and she serves on the editorial boards of Administration & Society, Congress & the Presidency, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

Don Kettl (Brookings Institution)
Donald F. Kettl is professor and former dean in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Partnership for Public Service, the Volcker Alliance and the Brookings Institution. He is currently serving as senior advisor on departmental transformation for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Kettl is the author or editor of a many books and monographs, including Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy (2017); Can Government Earn Our Trust (2017); The Politics of the Administrative Process (7th edition, 2017), Escaping Jurassic Government: Restoring America’s Lost Commitment to Competence (2016), System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century American Democracy Homeland Security and American Politics (2014), The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (2008) and The Global Public Management Revolution (2005). He has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration for the best book published in public administration. In 2008, Kettl won the American Political Science’s John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration. He was awarded the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources in 2007 for outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Prior to his appointment at the University of Maryland, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Sean O’Keefe (Syracuse University)

Fiscal Implications of Emergencies and Natural Disasters: Managing Recovery and Making Communities Whole

Monday, March 20 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Christine Springer, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Dr. Springer was appointed on Sept. 1, 2006, to be Director of the Executive Master of Science Degree in Emergency and Crisis Management at UNLV which was created by the Board of Regents in 2003. She is currently a Professor of Public Administration and Director of the ECEM Degree Program. Since that time, she has overseen the restructuring of the academic program which is the only full executive masters in the country on this subject.  Three hundred and seventy-five students have graduated as of July 2013. She is currently involved in doing research on regional infrastructure resilience in Nevada and developing and making operational an internal and external stakeholder interaction plan. She has served on congressional panels developing performance metrics for DHS/FEMA grants and a FEMA panel to develop core competencies for college curriculum and degree programs and on the congressional panel evaluating FEMA Post-Katrina (2009) and this year evaluating FEMA’s flood mapping coordination with other federal and state and local agencies. She also serves on the Nevada Citizen Corps Council, InfraGard, The Nevada Community Organizations Active in Disasters, The Southern Nevada Medical Reserve Corps and The World Affairs Board of Directors, as well as the FBI Citizens Academy. She is also a member of The National Preparedness Coalition and the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security. A recognized expert in facilitation, marketing, communications and management processes, she has authored 10 books and numerous articles on those subjects and is a columnist in PA Times on strategic management. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Emergency Management and on the Board of Directors of Infragard. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration - a congressional think tank founded in 1967 and serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas. She has served as President of the American Society of Public Administration, as a Baldridge Award Examiner, as a State Quality Examiner and as President of a Chamber of Commerce. She is an online and published columnist for numerous professional societies, a contributor to magazines and journals like Public Management, and Public Administration Review. Springer is a graduate of the University of Arizona (BA), the Arizona State University (MPA) and Indiana University (Ph.d).


Mark Bucalo (Chatham County Project Manager, Hurricane Matthew Cost Recovery)

Bev Cigler (Distinguished Professor Emerita, Penn State)

Data Driven Evidence and Decisionmaking in a Post-Truth World

Monday, March 20 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Moderator: Marc Holzer

Marc Holzer, Ph.D. is University Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. He is an ASPA Past President and currently serves as Chair of the ASPA Endowment. Dr. Holzer is a leader in the field of public sector performance and since 1975 has served as Editor in Chief of the Public Performance and Management Review.


Maria Aristigueta (ASPA Immediate Past President, University of Delaware)

Angela Evans (Dean, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs)
Angela Evans joined the faculty of the LBJ School in 2009 as a Clinical Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. On Jan.16, 2016, she assumed the position of dean of the School—the first dean appointed by the current President of the University of Texas Austin, Dr. Gregory Fenves. Since joining the LBJ School, she has earned numerous teaching awards, including the 2012 Texas Exes teaching award; the most valuable class (2010 and 2012) and the most helpful professor (every year since 2010).  She teaches graduate courses in policy development, public management, and ethics. Evans has received research grants from the National Science Foundation through which she is developing ways to enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the academic and policy making and policy implementation communities to better inform public policies.  She also conducted a special research project with her students, which resulted in a widely distributed report entitled, “The Reclamation of the U.S. Congress,” which presents proposals on how the Congress could adjust its governance and processes to improve legislative deliberations.  Prior to joining the faculty Evans worked for the U.S Congress for nearly 40 years, the last 15 of which she served as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a legislative branch agency that provides nonpartisan research and public policy analysis to Congress. She led the first agency-wide reorganization in 30 years, developed the first agency-wide interdisciplinary collaborative research framework, secured foundation support for several large research projects, and oversaw a $110 million budget and 700 professional staff representing a broad range of disciplines. She served as the President of the Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration and is on the executive committee of National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Analysis. Professor Evans also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Evans has served as an Instructor at the University of Maryland, a Senior Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles, and as a consultant to Motorola, Citibank, Amoco and Proctor and Gamble.

John Kamensky (Senior Fellow, The IBM Center for the Business of Government)

Benoy Jacob (Director, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Public Administrators: Keepers of Voting Integrity

Tuesday, March 21 | 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

More details coming soon.