Presidential Panels

The 2021 Annual Conference will feature seven Presidential Panels relevant to our conference theme. Read on for details.

All times are listed in Eastern Time. More panels and details will be posted as details are confirmed.

SECM’s Professional Response to COVID-19: An Administrative Study

April 9 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ASPA’s Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) developed a Pandemic Task Force this past fall and surveyed its membership to gauge their professional activities in response to COVID-19. The results were not surprising but were expansive: Section members were intensely engaged in a variety of research projects, many in collaboration with other organizations, to track this pandemic and get ahead of its outcomes. As the emergency management field becomes more professionalized, how can our research contribute to an effective response and help practitioners across sectors learn from past pandemics, be more successful with this one and hopefully mitigate negative results as much as possible? Our panelists will explore SECM’s efforts and their outcomes.

Walter English, Deputy Emergency Manager, City of Fairfax, Virginia
Claire Connolly Knox, Associate Professor and EMHS Program Director, University of Central Florida
Adam Thiel, Fire Commissioner, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tonya E. Thornton, Moderator, Assistant Professor and Director of Grants, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Hannah Torres, Assistant Director for Research Operations, Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities, George Mason University
Brian Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Lamar University

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Left Behind: The Future of ALICE in a Post-Pandemic World

April 10 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been disproportionately borne by ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed—households (in 2018, 42 percent of U.S. households were unable to make ends meet). Many ALICE workers are essential, yet despite being critical to keeping the economy running, risk their health for low wages and often no benefits, many ALICE workers have had their hours and wages cut or lost their jobs altogether. These families are likely to fall farther behind in a post-pandemic “normal” without additional policy intervention. This panel will highlight the current challenges ALICE families are facing and share how better data can drive the Biden-Harris policy agenda for an equitable recovery.

Natalie M. Evans Harris, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Fellow at Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact
Stephanie Hoopes, Moderator, National Director, United For ALICE
Damon A. Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO
Dan Treglia, Associate Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania and Senior Research Fellow, United for ALICE

Localizing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals: Experiences across the Continents

Saturday, April 10 | 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Adopted in 2015, there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) providing a blueprint for peace and prosperity for the people and the planet. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth - all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. The original aspiration was to accomplish these goals by 2030, but in order to make that a reality, broad ownership of the SDGs must translate into a strong commitment by all stakeholders to implement the global goals. Our panelists will discuss how local governments in countries around the world have experienced putting these goals into action, programs that have been adopted, best practices that have been found and the likelihood that 2030 remains a realistic target year for completion.

Emil Boc, Former Prime Minister of Romania
Calin Hintea, Professor, Babes Bolyai University, Romania and Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University
Allan Rosenbaum, Moderator and Presenter, Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University
Heidi Smith, Professor of Public Policy, InterAmerican University, Mexico City
Najat Zarrouk, Director, African Local Government Academy of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa
Juwang Zhu, Director, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government/DESA, United Nations

Getting “Shots in Arms”—Equitably April 11 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 11 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color throughout its onslaught and the vaccination roll-out has experienced the same challenges. While black and brown people continue to suffer higher proportions of sickness and death, they are being vaccinated at lower rates than their white counterparts. How are states working to address this problem? Our discussion features people working on this challenge in states across the country who will share what they are seeing, where improvements have been made and the steps necessary to bring equity to communities of color.

Rajade Berry-James, Associate Professor of Public Administration, North Carolina State University
Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Director, The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Susan T. Gooden, Dean and Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Matías Valenzuela, Director, Equity & Community Partnerships, Public Health, Seattle & King County, Community Mitigation & Recovery, COVID-19

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Korean Public Administration in the U.S: Connection, Commitment and Contribution

April 13 | 8:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
ASPA’s Section on Korean Public Administration was approved by ASPA’s National Council in 2010 and, thanks to its leadership’s and members’ tireless commitment and ongoing support, it has been playing a significant role in bridging public administration scholars and practitioners in Korea and the U.S. during that time. The Section also has made considerable progress toward its goals, including contributing to the development of the emerging Korea public administration discipline in theory and research and stimulating research interests in Korea public administration. While SKPA has a relatively short history in ASPA, the relationship between Korean and U.S. public administration is long. Presenters will engage in a roundtable discussion about its lessons learned from the history of the relationship between the two countries, and will recognize how public administration scholars in Korea and the U.S have made connections, commitments and contributions to each other in the past 10 years.

Frances Berry, Reubin O.D. Askew Eminent Scholar and Frank Sherwood Professor of Public Administration, Florida State University
Marc Holzer, Distinguished Professor, Suffolk University
Pan Suk Kim, Professor, Yonsei University
Jooho Lee, Moderator, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
M. Jae Moon, Dean and Professor, Yonsei University
James Perry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Indiana University—Bloomington

ASPA Responds: COVID-19 Policy and Administrative Challenges for Academics, Practitioners and Society

April 14 | 8:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
In early 2021, ASPA created a committee to study COVID-19 in public administration through a variety of activities including organizing webinars, conference panels, special journal issues, Section- and Chapter-specific events, policy notes and more. This panel is our first event and we encourage all ASPA members to share ideas, interact with committee members and move COVID-19 discussions forward. It is our pleasure during this hour to host a discussion with high profile individuals who will outline how COVID-19 interacts with a variety of areas of expertise. Panelists include nationals working in four countries - the United States, Qatar, India and Mexico - who will highlight interactions between science and public policy, methodological consideration within COVID-19 policy research, intergovernmentalism challenges, crisis communication requirements, local government considerations and the role of civil society in responding to COVID-19.

Craig Fugate, Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Chief Emergency Management Officer, One Concern
Kim Moloney, Moderator, Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia
Kimberly Nelson, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Edgar Ramirez De La Cruz, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico
Andreas Rechkemmer, Senior Professor, College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Ingrid Srinath, Director, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University in India
Tonya E. Thornton, Moderator, Assistant Professor and Director of Grants, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Carl Zimmer, Author, The New York Times

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More Than a Seat at the Table: Diversity and Inclusion in City Management

April 15 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The Black Lives Matter protests have been bringing questions of inequality to the forefront of public conversations in recent years, but racial equity has been a persistent part of our country’s history since its beginning. Public service is for all, but too often public policy doesn’t do enough to serve those who need it most. Creating and developing municipal diversity and inclusion offices is a great step toward focused efforts to close these gaps. This panel will look at the work with which cities across the country are wrestling to examine their history of equity and inclusion, and strategize for how to create a more inclusive community.

Stefanie Bowers, Director of Equity, City of Iowa City
Brion Oaks, Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin
Krystal S. Reyes, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Tulsa – Office of the Mayor
Markisha Smith, Director, City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
Kendra Stewart, ASPA President, Director, Riley Center for Livable Communities and Professor, College of Charleston