Presidential Panels

The following is a list of Presidential Panels to take place throughout the conference, all in Grand Ballroom 4! Plan now for the discussions in which you'll participate!

Change By Force: Adapting Workforce Management Whether You Like It or Not

Friday, March 18
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
The government’s workspace has changed dramatically in the past two years, as has its workforce. Work environments that previously were taboo suddenly became not only acceptable but, at times, required. Work-from-home became commonplace; flexible hours became options; Zoom became standard operating practice. Not all offices were willing and not all changes have reverted. Our panelists will share what they’ve seen, what they’ve learned and how we can keep getting better at adaptation, in time of crisis and periods of normalcy.

Norton Bonaparte, Jr., City Manager, Sanford, Florida
Wendy Haynes, Moderator, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Bridgewater State University
Michael Massiah, Retired, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Carrie Mathes, Manager, Procurement Division, Orange County, Florida

Gimme Shelter

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Friday, March 18
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
There really is good government. Bonnie Stone spent 40 years in New York City working with social services-oriented not-for-profits, doggedly tackling some of the city’s most urgent issues, particularly chronic homelessness. Her book, Gimme Shelter, highlights just some of her experiences and has a cast of characters as colorful and varied as the city itself. Sit in on this session and hear from her about how the people who work for the City continue to bring positive change to citizens’ lives.

Paul Danczyk, Moderator, Director, Executive Education University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy
Bonnie Stone, Author

 A book signing will follow this presidential panel in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

International Scholarly Engagement: Protecting Core Values

Saturday, March 19
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
International engagement is an essential part of scholarly work in public administration, but it poses challenges when academic freedom and human rights are disrespected and placed at risk. This tension has increased recently due to a resurgence of authoritarianism worldwide. ASPA has established a Presidential Committee on International Scholarly Engagement to examine the issue. This session, featuring the co-chairs and several members of the committee, will provide an overview of the committee’s work, identify the contexts in which engagement may be problematic and consider ways that contending values might be reconciled.

Maria Aristigueta, Dean and Charles P. Messick Chair, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
Nisha Botchwey, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Gyorgy Hajnal, NISPAcee President, IRSPM VP and Director, Corvinus University of Budapest
Mary Lee Rhodes, Moderator, Trinity College
Alasdair Roberts, Moderator, Director, School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts—Amherst
Meghna Sabharwal, Professor, University of Texas at Dallas

Speaking with One Voice: Issue Advocacy within and among Public Service Organizations

Saturday, March 19
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
“Advocacy” can take many different forms. For lobbying organizations, it may mean sit-downs with Members  of Congress, funding campaigns and letter-writing. For organizations representing excellence in public service, the meaning often is different. It is more educational, for both members and those we are trying to influence, and sometimes produces more limited results. However, the ability to promote good public policy too often is adversely impacted by the limitations that organizations impose upon themselves. Yet, in many cases, professional organizations have more ability to influence policy decisions than they realize. Our panelists will discuss these issues, the definition of “advocacy” for their organizations and the lessons they have learned through various approaches.

Susan Gooden, Dean, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Valerie Lemmie, Director, Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation
Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League
Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA President and Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University
William P. Shields, Jr., Moderator, Executive Director, ASPA and Adjunct Professor, American University

Global Challenges of COVID-19: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

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Sunday, March 20
10:45 a.m. – Noon
Moving entire societies to collective action to reduce a shared risk is an extraordinarily difficult task. Yet COVID’s threat continues to require action at different rates in different countries, with different policies, access to vaccines and reporting requirements. This pattern of transmission and infection reflects differing perceptions of the same threat with different degrees of urgency, understanding of risk and actions that may be taken to mediate risk. Previous pandemics may be utilized to help inform the current situation. This panel will look at lessons learned that can inform the current pandemic, current actions to assist countries with necessary resources and identifying factors that enable global change in response to massive risk on a short timeline. These insights have significant social, economic and political consequences for societies as they cope with potential catastrophes and will help inform a global learning process to build resilience and reduce risk.

Maria Aristigueta, Convener, Dean and Charles P. Messick Chair, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
Louise Comfort, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA
Thomas Mampilly, Lead, External Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Center for Global Health, Office of the Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Peggy Ann Valentine, Vice President, Allied Health Education, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Harvey White, Discussant, Affiliated Professor, University of Delaware, Biden School

Sustainable Development Goals: Target 2030?

Sunday, March 20
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Adopted in 2015, the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide a blueprint for global prosperity, far greater equity and ultimately true democratic governance. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies aimed at improving health and education, spurring economic growth and preserving our planet—all much more likely to come to fruition through democratic norms and ideals. However, far too often, the continuing growth in world-wide inequality limits such possibilities. Our panelists will discuss how local governments around the world have put these goals into action, how they have been adopted and where things stand in advancing the 2030 target year goal.

Adriana Alberti, Chief, Programme Management and Capacity Development Unit, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Pan Suk Kim
, Moderator, Professor of Public Administration, College of Government and Business, Yonsei University
Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta, Assistant Director, Institutional Relations, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, Florida International University
Najat Zarrouk
, Director, African Local Government Academy, United Cities and Local Government of Africa

Defending Democracy

Sunday, March 20
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
We are at a watershed moment for democracy with profound ramifications for society. Democracy faces myriad threats, including regularized and normalized attacks on democratic values, institutions and practices; intensifying humanitarian crises and flagrant human rights abuses; the increasing power of technology and the rise of surveillance and digital authoritarianism; and massive and mounting inequalities in our communities, nations and world. Public administration has an important role to play in ameliorating and preventing those threats. As the largest and most prominent broadly based professional association for public administration in the United States, ASPA has an obligation to address these challenges to democracy and democratization. For this reason, it is creating a Center for Democracy and Public Service, where scholars and practitioners will come together to reassert leadership, vision and action in both the academy and the profession. In this session, participations will hear a brief presentation on the threats to democracy and then engage in deliberative discussion to flesh out the three primary objectives of the new Center: policy, research and practice. 

Tina Nabatchi, Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Mandatory National Public Service for the Nation's Youth: An Idea Whose Time Must Come?

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Monday, March 21
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
National public service, its definitions and its expectations are not a new idea—countries around the world take varying positions on this concept, from mandatory requirements to none at all and everything in between. Requiring such service has been discussed in the United States for decades. Most recently, the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service—a congressionally mandated panel—looked extensively at this topic and proposed more than 30 actions. This session will look at what “public service” can mean, who should participate and how public administration can encourage public service, with or without a national mandate.

Trevor Brown, Dean, The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Karen Johnston, Professor, University of Portsmouth
Stefanie Lindquist, Professor of Law and Political Science, Arizona State University
Allan Rosenbaum
, Moderator, ASPA President and Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Centre for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International

The H. George Frederickson Center for Social Equity: A Roundtable Event

Monday, March 21
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Social equity is one of ASPA’s four pillars and a core value that the organization—its leaders, staff and members—places at the center of so much of our work. In answer to the growing need for an emphasis on this pillar throughout our profession, ASPA is
launching a Center for Social Equity to focus on developing teaching/training tools and assessments to increase social equity competency, fostering DEI efforts in collaboration with practitioners at all levels of government, encouraging innovative DEI research that serves the public, and coordinating DEI events across the Society. Join us for this session as Center advisory committee co-chairs Michael Massiah and Rosemary O’Leary facilitate an open dialogue and discussion about what the Center’s activities can and should be.

Michael Massiah, Moderator, Retired, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Rosemary O’Leary, Moderator, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

Cyber Storm Warnings: A Cyber War Game for Public Administrators

Monday, March 21
3:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Public agencies are beset by cyber attacks—everything from the theft of personally identifiable information to the disruption of uninterruptible public services—and it has reached pandemic proportions. The good news: The vast majority of those attacks involve social engineering—a fancy way of saying someone is being duped. As such, these attacks are mostly preventable with the right policies and training. That is the objective of this session. Participants will play local government administrators in Cyber Storm Warnings, a cybersecurity “war game” developed by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, that simulates a variety of cyber attacks on a mythical Florida city and asks those participants to respond. Those attacks are non-technical in nature—the session is NOT for IT experts, but for public administrators in general—and its purpose is to make participants aware of the kinds of cyberattacks they may face and how they might mitigate them with the right “cyber-secure” culture.

Ernest Ferraresso, Associate Director, Partnerships, Florida Center for Cybersecurity
Ronald Sanders, Staff Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity
Vanessa Stelly, Private Sector Coordinator, FBI Jacksonville
Kirby Wedekind, Protective Security Advisor - Northeast Florida, CISA