ASPA's Annual Conference is greatly served by its conference co-chairs and honorary co-chairs. We value their time, efforts and expertise.

Conference co-chairs are listed below; honorary co-chairs will be named later this year, at which time information about them will be posted.

Honorary Co-Chairs


Maria Aristigueta
Maria Aristigueta is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration, Charles P. Messick Chair of Public Administration, and Senior Policy Fellow in the Institute of Public Administration at the University of Delaware.  Her teaching and research interest are primarily in the areas of public sector management and include performance measurement, strategic planning, and organizational behavior.  She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books including-- Managing for Results in State Government; co-author of Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations,  Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, and Organizational Behavior; and coeditor of the International Handbook of Practice-Based Performance Management.   She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a past-President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and a member of the Executive Council of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).  Her doctorate is from the University of Southern California.



Susan T. Gooden
Susan Tinsley Gooden is professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the immediate past-president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), where she is also a life-member. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Gooden is an internationally recognized social equity scholar who has published extensively on the topic. Her most recent book is Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government. Her research has been funded by several organizations including MDRC, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.





Allan Rosenbaum
Allan Rosenbaum is professor of public administration and Director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service and the Center for Democracy and Good Governance at Florida International University (FIU). He came to FIU from the University of Maryland as dean of FIU’s former School of Public Affairs and Services. He has worked in national, state and local government and carried out numerous international projects for the United Nations, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency and various governments around the world. He is a past president of both the American Society for Public Administration and of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration in Brussels, Belgium. Based on nomination by the Secretary General of the United Nations, and approval by its Economic and Social Council, he served as vice chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the recipient of various awards for the building of local democracy in Latin America.



Conference Co-Chairs


Paul Danczyk

ASPA Vice President Paul Danczyk is the director of executive education in Sacramento for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

In his current capacity, Danczyk designs and presents in leadership and management programs—impacting national, state and local governmental and nonprofit organizations—teaches Master's-level classes, and is an executive coach. He cofounded and is the lead architect of www.LeadershipEnergizes.com.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Danczyk earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on public and international affairs; his Master's in public administration from the University of Southern California; and his BS from the Pennsylvania State University. He became a certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation and was trained at the Hudson Institute for Coaching, and holds Harvard University’s Mediating Disputes certification.

He and his wife are raising two sons. Danczyk enjoys landscaping, creating sculptures, painting and bee keeping.  He can be reached at danczyk@usc.edu.

Tonya Neaves

Tonya Neaves is the interim director for the Centers on the Public Service with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. In this role, she maintains oversight of its day-to-day administrative operations as well as secures new research and development contracts and established a series of executive education programs. Other major activities include serving as a faculty member in the Masters of Public Administration program and coordinator for its Emergency Management and Homeland Security certificate. She also serves as the director of the Virginia Certified Public Manager® Program. Prior to joining Mason, Neaves was the director for the Mississippi Public Safety Data Laboratory at the Social Science Research Center of Mississippi State University, where she is still a research Fellow.

As a scholar, Neaves’ research portfolio has included securing contracts from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency. To date, her total research funding approximates $6 million. She has also published her efforts in the Review of Policy Research, Journal of Emergency Management, Review of Public Personnel Management and the American Journal of Public Health. She has also co-authored book chapters in The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S.: Rethinking Legislation, Policy, and Finance, and New Voices in the Old South: How Women and Minorities Influence Southern Politics. She was also an editor for the National Academy of Public Administration and ASPA’s Memos to National Leaders.

Neaves holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Mississippi State, where she also earned her Master’s in public policy and administration. She has also participated in the University of Michigan's Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Duke University’s Dynamic Management and Leadership Programs and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Management and Innovation Program.

As an active ASPA member, Neaves recently served as the District II Representative to its National Council and was the conference coordinator for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). She is also the treasurer for its Section on Emergency and Crisis Management. Neaves is also an associate editor for the Journal of Urban Management and is a board member for Public Personnel Management.