Alejandro Bustamante

Membership and Program Associate
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Alejandro Bustamante joined the ASPA team in August 2022, having graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in political science and history in May 2022. His experience includes serving as an AmeriCorps Volunteer at Eliot Hine Middle School in 2021 and volunteering for the Phil Ehr for Congress campaign in 2020. At ASPA, he supports our members, acts as registrar for the annual conference and supports our executive office.

Karen E. T. Garrett, CAE

Chief of Communications, Marketing and Membership
PA TIMES Managing Editor
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Karen E. T. Garrett began working for the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in October 2015, where she serves as the Chief of Communications, Marketing and Membership. She has almost 20 years of association management expertise, previously serving as Senior Director of Marketing for the Direct Selling Association. She is responsible for all of ASPA’s communications and marketing activities, membership recruitment/retention, Chapters and Sections relations and website administration, as well as serving as the managing editor of PA TIMES magazine and PA Times Online.

Garrett’s career began at the Direct Selling Association in 2001, where she served in administrative capacities before being promoted to a variety of management roles within the communications department. She has further developed her expertise at ASPA, serving more than 10,000 public servants through its mission of advancing excellence in public service. Specific accomplishments have included expanding ASPA’s public voice to a broader range of constituents through a range of marketing efforts; professionalizing membership outreach efforts and engaging with constituencies to promote ASPA as a valued society of choice; amplifying its online presence through a polished website and active social media engagement; and more.

Garrett received her BA from American University in 2001 and her CAE from ASAE: The Learning Center in 2019.

Amy Omang

Conference Manager and Member Services Specialist
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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.

Executive Director
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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.

Taahira Thompson

Events and Leadership Support Associate
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Taahira Thompson joined ASPA in Fall of 2022; she coordinates member events including ASPA’s year-round e-learning programs, and provides planning and logistics support for the organization’s annual conference. She also contributes administrative support to the executive director and ASPA’s National Council. She has a background in hospitality services, education advocacy, operations and project management. She is a proud graduate of District of Columbia Public Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Lexie Tyson

Strategic Relationships Manager
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Lexie Tyson joined the American Society for Public Administration in June 2019 as its membership coordinator. She provides support to ASPA members to ensure they can make of the most of their membership, while also helping with recruitment efforts to continue to grow the association. Previously, she worked as an assistant for Cat Eye Productions, a digital marketing video production company. While there, she coordinated logistics for a range of client projects, standardized marketing materials and helped build new databases for company as it developed. She graduated from American University with a BA in Film and Graphic Design.