Electoral District III includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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University of Alabama—Birmingham
Akhlaque Haque is professor in the department of political science and public administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the president of the Alabama Chapter of ASPA and serves on the SECoPA Board. Recently, he served as conference chair for the 2018 SECoPA, which was held in Birmingham. He is a long time member of ASPA and has held leadership positions with ASPA and NASPAA. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has been active in national and international development initiatives through his work on GIS and public policy, and is frequently sought for research counsel including as an expert panelist for a U.S. Congressional briefing. He recently finished his second term (2002-2005; 2017-2021) as editorial board member with Public Administration Review
and, since 2015, has served as associate editor for Economic Development Quarterly
. He served on the national advisory board of Data Management Task Force of NASPAA and currently serves on the NASPAA Research Committee.
Haque studies the complex social nature of the human enterprise as it relates to information, technology, ethics and social justice, administrative decisionmaking and urban and rural population health. He is the author of Surveillance, Transparency and Democracy: Public Administration in the Information Age
(University of Alabama Press, 2015). He received his Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and his master's degree and PhD in urban and public affairs from Cleveland State University.
Professor, Public Administration
University of Central Arkansas
Kim U. Hoffman directs the undergraduate public administration program and coordinates the departmental internship program. She is an active member in the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA), having served in various capacities including as president in 2017. She is part of a planning group working to revive ASPA's Arkansas Chapter. She teaches courses in public administration, state government and politics, intergovernmental relations and government budgeting. She also conducts workshops on the Arkansas budget process for government and nonprofit professionals through the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a legislative fiscal analyst for the Arkansas state legislature. Her research interests lie primarily in state and local government budget processes and revenue systems. She has been published in American Review of Public Administration
; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management
; State and Local Government Review
; and Women and Politics
. Hoffman also is the co-editor of the 2019 edition of Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government
. She received her BS from the University of Central Arkansas and MPA from the University of North Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Miriam Singer, as president and CEO of Jewish Community Services (JCS), is responsible for managing a human services agency providing care for those in need of life-sustaining safety net services. She is a Florida-certified negotiator, certified public procurement officer and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has served as a site reviewer for NASPAA since 2016 and is a member of Florida International University’s MPA Advisory Board. Her leadership includes 35 years in Miami-Dade County government, where she began her career as a social worker. She has broad experience in direct delivery, management and operations for human and business services, and has developed and implemented justice and community-based programs serving dual diagnosis (mental health and drug dependent) clients, victims of domestic violence and gang-involved youth.
Singer is known for her dedication to public service and mentoring dozens of practitioners who have continued their service at the state and national levels. She served as the County of Santa Clara, California’s first chief procurement officer (2018-2019), where she restructured the countywide procurement and contracting function, including the transition of more than 400 contracts for two newly acquired hospitals. With an annual budget of $28 million and a staff of 192 personnel, JCS provides more than 40 programs that benefit residents throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. She has held volunteer board governance positions in professional and community organizations, including the Supreme Court of Florida’s Commission on Fairness, Founding Chair; NIGP—The Institute for Governmental Purchasing, Board Member; U.S. Communities Advisory Board, Board Member; California Association of Public Purchasing Officials, Board Member; Coalition of Hispanic American Women, President; and South Florida Water Management District, Board Member. She holds a BA and MPA from the University of Miami.