Drew Brassfield has been in the public sector for more than 20 years. During his 14 years of full-time law enforcement, he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Texas A&M University. This accomplishment afforded him the opportunity to move into city management, where he has been since 2017. He was awarded the Texas Municipal League’s Leadership Fellow Award in 2018. He has retained his Master Peace Officer license and is a member of the Panhandle City Manager’s Association (PCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Texas Municipal Human Resource Association (TMHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He lives in the Texas panhandle and is happily married to his beautiful wife Cindy and they have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, hunting and raising Longhorn cattle, when not at work. Brassfield earned his Certified Public Manager designation through Texas Tech University and is also a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management.
I firmly believe that to make anything work in life, we must be active participants, not simply observers. Our relationships, careers and everything else in which we desire to see success requires effective involvement. This belief has been confirmed repeatedly and has cultivated a sensible and good-humored approach to my leadership style and I have applied that foundational principle to the local and statewide boards on which I have served during my career. Casting vision, bridging gaps and collaborating with a diverse population are just some of the key characteristics I would bring to the National Council. As a practitioner, I believe I am well-positioned to bring a real-world perspective and tangible experience to the National Council. As an ASPA member since 2018, I have enthusiastically and eagerly worked to promote public service and be the “boots on the ground” to strengthen partnerships that draw more people into public service. Extending these efforts on the National Council is of paramount importance and that is why I am, humbly, requesting your vote in this election.
Rex L Facer, II, recently retired after 20 years as a faculty member at the Romney Institute for Public Service and Ethics and Brigham Young University. His published research has focused on public sector pay, alternative work schedules, municipal annexation and local public finance. He serves as a consultant to government clients on human resource management issues. He is on ASPA's National Council and Executive Committee. In 2021, he served as the inaugural chair of the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission, an independent, bi-partisan advisory group charged with redrawing the political boundaries for Congress, state legislative seats and the state school board in Utah. Its work was recognized as being fair, transparent and engaging. He serves on the advisory board for the Astana Civil Service Hub, a UNDP project aimed at strengthening civil service systems around the globe. He served on NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation for three years, including a year as chair. The commission is the accrediting body for master’s degree programs in public administration. President Barak Obama appointed him to the U.S. Federal Salary Council, where he served from 2010 to 2017. His research has been published in leading journals in the field and he is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Facer received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and is a senior certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.
I am honored to have served ASPA over the years. I believe ASPA is and should be THE professional home for practitioners, scholars and students of public service. I have benefited greatly from my membership in ASPA. Because of this, I have a responsibility to give back to ASPA and I want to do that through serving on National Council. ASPA is a membership organization. We need to bring more people into the organization but we also must strengthen the value-added proposition of ASPA membership. ASPA’s current member benefits, such as the Bridge
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, webinars and the National Conference, provide incredible value to members. Additionally, Chapters and Sections, the space where many of our members interact the most, enhance membership. I have grown professionally from ASPA conferences, publications and professional networks. ASPA membership has opened many doors. For example, through my service in ASPA I was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Federal Salary Council. Through ASPA relationships I have been able to work to strengthen public service around the world. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities that ASPA has opened to me. Because I have benefited greatly from my ASPA membership, I have a responsibility to give back. I have tried to do that over the years by serving in Section leadership (SPALR), on ASPA’s finance committee, on strategic planning committees, the Founders' Fellows program and on the National Council. I would like to continue my service to ASPA as a member of the National Council. I believe in ASPA’s mission of advancing excellence in public service. I hope you will give me the opportunity to represent District V on ASPA’s National Council.
Juliet Lee is director of administration and external relations for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento, California. Her main role is managing the Master of Public Administration degree program at the Sacramento campus. She has worked for the university in many capacities including program coordinator for executive education programs, policy outreach manager, alumni and advisory board liaison and student services advisor. She has made her career in higher education, guiding students to lead service. She is a part-time adjunct professor teaching organizational behavior and collaborative governance. She sits on the board of directors for Her Health First and has been an active member of ASPA's Sacramento Chapter for the past decade. Lee holds a doctorate in educational leadership, an MPA from University of Southern California and a BA from UCLA.
I love ASPA! I have enjoyed being a part of ASPA's Sacramento Chapter since 2010 and attending the Annual Conference over the years. While an MPA student, I learned about the organization and the mission statement to pursue excellence in public service really spoke to me. I joined the Chapter leadership as a council member, then stepped up to be Secretary, Vice President and President—now I would like to contribute on the national level as a District Representative! If elected as your representative for the National Council, I will advocate for the needs of the local Chapters throughout the district—engaging the universities and strengthening communication to encourage more Chapter development. The Sacramento Chapter is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1940—even with this history, during COVID we lost a lot of momentum and struggled to keep programs running. ASPA National pivoted well and created a series of online programs and make the annual conference virtual. I would like to continue these efforts and incorporate more of the international chapters as well and continue ASPA’s global reach. It would be an honor to serve on the ASPA National Council by representing the District V states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
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