Director of Executive Education, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Paul Danczyk is director of executive education in Sacramento, at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC). His professional contributions concentrate on national, state, local and nonprofit leadership and management. He designs, delivers and evaluates public-sector executive training programs, teaches master-level classes and is an executive coach. Recent partners include the National Conference of State Legislatures, the County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and the Asian Pacific State Employees Association.
He is an ASPA past president, as well as the 2018 Annual Conference co-chair; District 5 representative; 2015 goal three chair, enhancing the quality of the member experience and significantly expanding ASPA's membership base; 2014 membership task force chair; finance committee vice-chair; publications committee member; and Sacramento Chapter President. In his local community, Danczyk was appointed to the Amador County Behavioral Health Advisory Board and served on the Amador Community College Foundation.
A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh; MPA, USC; BS, Pennsylvania State University; and certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation. He and his wife are raising two future public administrators. Paul enjoys landscaping, creating sculptures, painting and bee keeping.
Professor, Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston
Kendra Stewart is a professor of political science and public administration and director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. She has spent her career working both in government and academia and in her current position has the opportunity to do both, in addition to assisting nonprofits. Her research interests include nonprofit management, government public relations, state and local government and food policy. Stewart was able to use her professional training, along with her academic and applied research, to co-edit an ASPA series book, The Practice of Government Public Relations. Prior to her current position at the College of Charleston, where she has also served as MPA program director, Stewart was a faculty member and MPA director at Eastern Kentucky University and worked for the State of South Carolina Budget and Control Board.
In addition to her service in state government, Stewart has worked with the South Carolina and Kentucky City/County Management Associations. She serves on a variety of nonprofit boards in her community and has recently been elected into the National Academy of Public Administration. One of her most significant career opportunities was serving on a USAID project in Lahore, Pakistan, assisting a prestigious university develop academic and professional training programs to professionalize public administration in their country. Stewart regularly conducts political analysis for a variety of print, radio and television media, including Good Morning America, NPR, BBC, Fox News Channel, the Associated Press and The New Yorker. She holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Central Florida and an MPA and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Stewart resides in Charleston, S.C. with her husband and their five children.