Conference Manager and Member Services Specialist
As Conference Manager, Amy is primarily responsible for the management, coordination, and logistical aspects of the annual conference education sessions, and works as the liaison with the program committee in the selection of conference sessions. She also works with the ASPA Director of Professional Development in providing general conference support, and works with the development and execution of ASPA’s webinar sessions. She previously worked as a consultant to ASPA for nine years.
Before coming to ASPA, she worked as the Director of Meetings and Education with the American Staffing Association. She has worked for and with various trade and non-profit associations, as well as state government projects. She brings seventeen years of conference, education and nonprofit experience to ASPA.
As the Member Services Specialist, Amy provides chapter and section administrative support, event registration, database quality control and reporting, and assists with committee and leadership assignments.
Amy has a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Portland. She is a board member of Komen Montana, and is active with various community organizations including Family Promise, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
William P. Shields, Jr.
Bill Shields became Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in January 2014. During his tenure, he has significantly broadened the Society’s professional development programming, strengthened its 60 local chapters and 30 subject matter sections, revitalized its operations and enhanced the quality of its communications. He has recommitted the Society to its core mission of advancing excellence in public service and made considerable inroads in partnering with like-minded organizations on a wide range of activities.
Shields brings to his position more than 15 years of executive and management experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as Vice President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the nation's leading public policy organization dedicated to ensuring that people with the lowest incomes have affordable and decent homes. In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s operational, financial, membership and outreach functions.
For more than a decade, Shields held senior management and research positions at the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient and accountable organizations. As Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications, he worked extensively with the Academy’s elected Fellows, the nation’s top leaders in the practice and study of public administration. He served on research teams studying organization and management issues at the U.S. Departments of Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation. He edited more than 50 Academy panel reports on issues ranging from federal compensation issues to FBI reorganization.
Shields served as Director at the Chief Executives Organization, a nonprofit organization of 2,000 chief executives around the world, and in the Executive Office of the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. He earned his MA in government and BA in journalism from American University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor since 2000. In 2015, he received the School of Public Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the governing board of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.
Professional Development & Events Director
Asmait Tewelde joined ASPA in September 2015 as the Professional Development and Events Manager. She brings with her seven years of experience in meeting coordination, online training and professional development. Prior to joining ASPA, Asmait was at the International Economic Development Council, coordinating numerous professional development training forums, as well as four conferences, annually. Prior to IEDC, she was a contractor at the Department of Labor and in the education nonprofit sector. Ms. Tewelde also served as an AmeriCorps Member from 2008-2009, teaching English as a second language to adult learners. Asmait holds a BA in English Literature from Michigan State University.