A Message from ASPA President Paul Danczyk

Hello, I’m Paul Danczyk, President of the American Society for Public Administration.

With over 8,000 members, our mission Advances Excellence in Public Service. We are guided by our core values of accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics, and social equity.

Before sharing upcoming events, I want to thank you for the work that you do in advancing public service. We do not spend enough time celebrating the practitioners and academics who shape our field. Our society would simply not be what it is without you.

Looking towards our annual conference next April and through the guidance of the National Council and support of the national staff, we have developed programs around the theme of “2020 Vision for Politics, Policy, and Administration.”

Each month, we will outline national e-learning programs around four tracks: 2020 Vision for Governance, 2020 Vision for Leadership and Management, 2020 Vision for Finance, and 2020 Vision for Infrastructure.

This month, in part to help celebrate May’s Public Service Recognition Week, our focus is on 2020 Vision for Governance.

We are in the process of confirming four webinars. The first is uncovering the President’s Management Agenda with ASPA member John Kamensky, Senior Fellow, The IBM Center for the Business of Government, and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration; second, a recent Public Administration Review article that will have author insights and practitioner reactions; third, a student-focused webinar on Careers for New MPAs with ASPA member Steve Rolandi, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Bill Shields, ASPA’s Executive Director; and fourth, a BookTalk, likely Economic Development and Governance in Small Town America by Daniel Bliss. The BookTalk series is through the generous financial support of Routledge. Keep a look out for email updates and how to register for these and other programs.

To build off of the March 2019 conference, we will also feature one presidential panel each month. Mallory Barg-Bulman, The Partnership for Public Service, Andrew Feldman, Grant Thorton International, Jason Bossie, US Office of Personnel Management, Calvin Johnson, US Housing and Urban Development, and Shelley Martinez, the White House Office of Management and Budget shared insights on data analytics: How do agencies use them in making important decisions and improving program management and performance? You don’t want to miss this one.

On the local front, I know of at least 15 chapters who are hosting award ceremonies this month honoring over 40 exemplars. A special shout out to the Greater Houston Chapter for their 2019 Public Service Award Ceremony where Professor Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin Madison, will give keynote remarks, and where they will honor five civic and community leaders. I hope that it is a great event!

Our members are doing some amazing things. This month, I’d like to congratulate Cynthia Alamillo, the city manager of Manzanita City, Oregon, on being recognized by the Cascade Chapter. Welcome to the ASPA family!

We have many partners that make our work possible. I thank Virginia Commonwealth University and Susan Gooden, Interim Dean, L.Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, past ASPA president and NAPA fellow, for continued financial support and future partnerships.

For more information, visit us at www.aspanet.org/elearning.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.