ASPA’S 2019 Election

Eight individuals—the president-elect, five district representatives, the international director and student representative—will be elected to ASPA leadership positions in 2019. Their service will begin on April 7, 2020 at the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Conference.

All individuals will serve on the National Council, the Society’s governing body. Among other responsibilities, the council sets ASPA’s overall direction and policy; oversees its management and ensures its financial stability; and establishes and oversees Chapters, Sections, committees and other bodies.

It's Time to Vote!

Voting is now open and ASPA held a meet-the-candidates webinar on November 12 to introduce this year's president-elect candidates to our members, in advance of you submitting your ballot.

If you have not yet submitted a ballot and would like to hear from the candidates about their visions for ASPA, please click below.

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Slate of Nominees

The Nominating Committee has approved the following individuals to appear on this year's ballot. Click here to view biographies and candidate statements for each individual, or click on the names below to be taken directly to their personal details.


District I Representative
Michael Ahn

District II Representative
Jonathan Del Collo
Younhee Kim
Ashley Nickels

District III Representative
Kim Hoffman
James Scott Wolfe

District IV Representative
J. Paul Blake

District V Representative
Rex Facer, II

Student Representative
Pooja Paswan
Abdul Samad

International Director
Pan Suk Kim
Andrew Podger
Hugo Renderos

President-Elect
Jared Llorens
Allan Rosenbaum

Voting is open until December 7. ASPA will host a webinar to introduce the president-elect candidates to those interested in learning more about them.


Position Descriptions


Below are additional details on the positions; click on the links below to access each position.  For more information on current leadership, click here. For more information about the nomination process, click here for ASPA’s bylaws.

President-Elect
District Representative
International Director
Student Representative



President-Elect

Who is eligible? An ASPA member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year immediately prior to his/her nomination.

Who elects the president-elect? ASPA members in good standing.

How long is the term? For this election, the president-elect will serve a one-year term after which he/she will ascend to the ASPA presidency for a two-year term.  

What are the responsibilities? As president-elect, the individual will serve on the National Council and Executive Committee; manage the Council’s work in establishing its annual performance goals, expectations and measures; and develop a report to the membership on meeting them.

As ASPA president, the individual will:
  • Exercise leadership of ASPA; preside over National Council meetings and the annual membership meeting; appoint members to committees and other bodies; and serve as ex-officio member with a vote on most ASPA committees.
  • Serve as ASPA’s principal public spokesperson and public symbol.
  • Make appointments as the bylaws require and/or are necessary in ASPA’s interests.
  • Execute faithfully ASPA’s bylaws and policies, protect members’ rights and welfare and promote members’ interests.
  • Act as a liaison among the executive director, officers and Council members, Chapter presidents, committee and Section chairpersons and others on policy matters or disagreements.

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District Representative

Who is eligible? An ASPA member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year immediately prior to his/her nomination. In addition, the candidate must have his/her primary residence or principal place of employment in the electoral district from which he/she is nominated and is to stand for election.

Who elects the district representative? ASPA members in good standing whose primary address is in the electoral district where the district representative is running.

How long is the term? Three years. Representatives are eligible to serve no more than two full consecutive terms but are eligible to serve additional terms following at least one year of non-service. Incumbents seeking a second consecutive term shall be considered but are not guaranteed renomination.

What are the districts?
  • District 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • District 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, West Virginia
  • District 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • District 4: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • District 5: Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

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International Director

Who is eligible? An ASPA member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year immediately prior to his/her nomination.

Who elects the international director? ASPA members in good standing whose primary address is outside the United States.

How long is the term? Three years. The international director is eligible to serve no more than two full consecutive terms but is eligible to serve additional terms following at least one year of non-service. An incumbent seeking a second consecutive term shall be considered but is not guaranteed renomination.

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Student Representative

Who is eligible? An ASPA member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year immediately prior to his/her nomination.

Who elects the student representative? ASPA members in good standing who hold the Student/New Professional membership category.

How long is the term? One year.

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What skills are most needed on the National Council?

We seek candidates with a variety of leadership skills, including a strategic understanding of the public administration field—spanning practice and scholarship—to position the Society for continued programmatic and financial growth. In particular, we welcome individuals with a commitment to the following:

  • Building a positive organizational culture. Engage and convene Chapter leadership and provide a District/locally based voice at the national organizational level. Actively participate in Chapter visits, contribute to cultivating new Chapters and strengthening existing ones; attend and support District-based conferences.
  • Participating in ASPA’s development activities. Support ASPA’s financial and programmatic position. Actively participate in Endowment- and fundraising-related efforts; provide leads and recommendations on prospective donors/supporters. Recommend programmatic ideas that  advance ASPA’s focus on the field’s most critical issues, including infrastructure, finance, social equity and public service.
  • Demonstrating a Duty of Care, Loyalty and Obedience. Consistent with the role of governing boards, ensure ASPA’s mission and welfare stands at the forefront of the member’s contributions to the National Council.
We are looking for thoughtful decisionmakers, strategic minds and action-oriented volunteers who are willing and able to follow the guidance of the national staff as we continue to grow ASPA as the premier member society for public administration.

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