2018 Founders' Fellows


ASPA launched the Founders’ Fellows program in 2006 to support the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. The Fellows attend and present at the Annual Conference on a subject matter paper on an issue related to their scholarship or work, which is also published in PA TIMES Online if they wish.

Initially open to graduate students, the Founders' Fellows program has expanded to include new professionals in the first three years of their public service career.

"The Founders' Fellows experience has given me an unrivaled opportunity to build strong relationships in public administration. Our diverse backgrounds paved the way for a beneficial dialogue and outstanding exchange of ideas."
 - Ana-Maria Dimand, Florida International University, 2018 Founders' Fellow


2019 Founders' Fellows Program

 Congratulations to those accepted into the 2019 Class of Founders' Fellows! Find the full list online here, and more information about their activities at the 2019 Annual Conference here.


Support the Founders' Fellows Program


Are you or your university interested in supporting this year's class of Founders' Fellows? Click here to view our support levels and become a Founders' Fellow Donor today!



Thank you to our 2019 Founders' Fellows Donors:
  •  ASPA Evergreen Chapter
  • ASPA LGBT Advocacy Alliance
  • ASPA Massachusetts Chapter
  • ASPA New Jersey Chapter
  • ASPA North Texas Chapter
  • ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management
  • ASPA Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations
  • ASPA South Florida Chapter
  • ASPA Southern California Chapter
  • ASPA Student and New Administration Professionals Section
  • ASPA Suncoast Chapter
  • Association for Budget and Financial Management
  • J. Paul Blake
  • Michael Brintnall
  • CIDE
  • Paul Danczyk
  • Janice Lachance
  • Louisiana State University
  • Demircioglu Mehmet
  • Midwest Public Affairs Conference
  • Mississippi State University
  • Public Administration Quarterly
  • Grant Rissler
  • Steve Rolandi
  • Allan Rosenbaum
  • Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA)
  • Kendra Stewart
  • Loretta Tillery
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Shilpa Viswanath
  • Aziza Zemrani

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    "I think the program is an excellent way to link practitioners and academics, which I feel is one of the most important aspects of ASPA."
     - Peter Federman, University of Kansas, 2015 Founders' Fellow



    "Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
     - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow


    "Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
     - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow