Meet your Annual Conference volunteer leadership!


Allan Rosenbaum

Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance
Florida International University

Allan Rosenbaum is professor of public administration and director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service and the Center for Democracy and Good Governance at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. He went to FIU as dean of its School of Public Affairs and Services. He has served two terms as President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration in Brussels, Belgium. Based on nomination by the Secretary General of the United Nations, vetting with the U.S. Mission, and approval by the UN Economic and Social Council, he is a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration where he serves as Vice Chairperson. He has served as acting Budget Administrator of the City of Miami and subsequently worked in state government in Illinois, and on educational policy in the national government.

He has directed large USAID democratic institution building projects in Latin America and Africa, and has carried out numerous international projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency and various governments around the world. He has provided technical assistance to governments, lectured or conducted research in approximately 100 countries around the world. He has been Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Potsdam, Germany and is Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing, as well as at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. He currently serves on the journal editorial boards of 11 journals located in eight countries around the world and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Prior to coming to FIU, he was on the faculties of the Universities of Maryland, Connecticut and Wisconsin, Madison and held a research position at the University of Chicago.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Paul Danczyk

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.

Kendra Stewart

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.

Conference Co-Chairs

Stefanie Lindquist
Senior Vice President of Global Academic Initiatives, Arizona State University

Kenneth Meier

Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, American University

Kenneth J. Meier holds faculty appointments as a professor of public management at the Cardiff University School of Business (Wales) and professor of public administration (Chair in Bureaucracy and Democracy) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.  A Fellow of the Danish Centre for Social Science Research, Meier has published widely on topics of race, politics, public management and public policy. He has received mentoring awards from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA 2019), the American Political Science Association sections of Public Policy (2006), women and politics (2008), and Latino politics (2005), the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (2021) as well as from the Texas A&M Former Students Association (2013).  He is a former editor of the American Journal of Political Science (1994-97), former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2011-16), the founding editor of Perspectives of Public Management and Governance and one of three founding editors of the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration.

Charles Menified

Dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University—Newark

Charles E. Menifield is the dean in the School of Public Affairs and Administration with a secondary appointment in School of Public Health at Rutgers University-Newark. He teaches public budgeting systems and his research interests lie primarily in the areas of budgeting and financial management, public health and welfare, and policing. More specifically, he conducts research in the following areas: state and local budgeting, children’s health insurance, influenza, health disparities, and police killings. His most recent research appears in Public Administration Review, Journal of Cultural Diversity and the International Journal of Public Sector Management.

Track Reviewers

Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Rajade Berry James, North Carolina State University
Calvin Johnson, Housing and Urban Development

Managing for Meaningful Public Service
Sean McCandless, University of Illinois Springfield
Neil Reichenberg, The Workforce Institute

Effective and Equitable Public Policy and Service Delivery in an Era of Growing Inequality
James Wright II, Florida State University
Kristen Carroll, Douglas County School System, Georgia

Financial Management and Planning for Uncertainty
John Bartle, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Marvin Phaup, George Washington / CBO

Protecting and Replacing Aging Structures
Aimee Franklin, University of Oklahoma
Michael Massiah, Retired, Port Authority of NY and NJ

Comparative Government and International Administration
Evan Berman, Sao Paulo School of Business
Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Guido Bertucci, Government Solutions International

Good Governance and Democracy in an Uncertain Political Environment
M. Jae Moon, Yonsei University
Steven Putansu, GAO and American University