Opening Plenary

Saturday, March 10 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Valerie Lemmie

After a distinguished career in public service, in May 2014 Valerie Lemmie joined the Charles F. Kettering Foundation as director of exploratory research, an opportunity that allows her to devote more attention to a long-standing research interest in political theory and practice and continue work begun in 2005 when she was a scholar-in-residence at the Foundation and published essays and articles on governance and public policy, especially regarding the importance of public administrators aligning professional practices with the way citizens work to address shared community problems in more democratic and complementary ways. In her new role, she identifies research opportunities and oversees research studies and learning exchanges that explore the fundamental question of the Foundation: How to make democracy work as it should?  Much of her work centers around finding remedies for the mutual distrust that burdens the relationship between citizens and public institutions.

An adept leader and strategic thinker with more than 35 years of managerial experience in solving complex problems and controversial issues, prior to joining the Foundation Lemmie served as acting chief of staff and district director for Congressman Mike Turner (Ohio’s 10th District); commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; and city manager for the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio and Petersburg, Virginia. She also served as adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and Howard University and was a fellow at the Center for Municipal Management, George Washington University.

In addition to her work in the United States, Valerie has extensive experience internationally. She worked with public officials in developing countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to establish effective and efficient financial and managerial systems, structures and policies; develop professional practices and routines; establish service delivery protocols and performance measurements; meet regulatory and audit requirements; leverage public investment to attract private capital; and foster accountability and transparency.

An active volunteer, Lemmie recently joined the Public Administration Review (PAR) editorial board. She is also a member of the board of directors for the National Civic League, Dayton History, Initiatives of Change and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and is an advisory board member of the Minnesota Citizens Assemblies. She is past president of National Academy of Public Administration (where she is an elected fellow) and founding board member for the Alliance for Community Schools. She has also served on presidential and congressional advisory committees on the family, urban redevelopment and greenhouse gas reduction.

A published author and speaker on public management, utility regulation/deregulation and democratic governance, Lemmie received her BA from the University of Missouri and an MA in urban affairs/public policy planning from Washington University.

Elliot Richardson Lecture

Sunday, March 11 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

P.K. Agarwal

P.K. Agarwal serves as the Dean and CEO of Northeastern University–Silicon Valley.

He also serves as the Chairman of Future 500, a Bay Area-based pioneer in the area of global sustainability. Formerly, he was the CEO of TiE Global, an organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship across 61 cities in 18 countries. Prior to TiE, P.K served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Technology Officer for the State of California. He has also been in executive and management roles with ACS (now Xerox), NIC Inc., and EDS (now HP).

PK (as he is famously known) helped pioneer the use of Internet in government and shaped the national and state policy in this area, dating back to Al Gore’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council in 1995. He had the unique distinction of having a U.S. national annual award named as the “P.K. Agarwal Award for Leadership in Electronic Government.” He also served as the president of the National Association of State CIOs and the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (ec3). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and an adjunct faculty at USC and USF.

PK is an alum of IIT Delhi and UC Berkeley.

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Nesta M. Gallas Lecture

Monday, March 12 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Walter Shaub, Jr.

For more than 20 years, Walter Shaub, Jr., former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and currently senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, has provided a standard of public service excellence and promoted the practice of ethics in governance. His achievements have garnered him attention in the national media spotlight in the past year as he has continued to strenuously voice the value of ethical governance.

A supervisory attorney at OGE in the early 2000s, Shaub led a team of attorneys, financial analysts and ethics officials who reviewed financial disclosure reports of presidential nominees. He transformed the nominee program and developed a 75-page guide for drafting ethics agreements that reduced processing times and produced better outcomes in resolving conflicts of interest. Recognized for his leadership, he became OGE's deputy general counsel, where he advanced President Obama's 2008-2009 transition effort by leading a cross-divisional team in effectively resolving potential conflicts of interest for nearly 800 presidential, Senate-confirmed positions and senior White House positions.

President Obama appointed Shaub as director of the OGE in January 2013; he served in that capacity until July 2017. During his tenure as director, he modernized regulations, advised agencies, issued legal and program guidance, expanded ethics education, conserved taxpayer resources and built a strong performance structure. He oversaw an ethics program comprised of 4,500 agency ethics officials who prevented conflicts of interest on the part of 2.7 million civilian federal employees, plus officers in uniform—all on a $16 million budget.

Following a widely reported speech earlier in 2017 in which Shaub called on President Trump for full divestiture of his financial interests, CNN reported, "Lofty speeches about patriotic duty are normally the bailiwick of three lawmakers on Capitol Hill, not wonky government lawyers who work behind the scenes and comb through reams of paperwork ..." One ethics expert called the speech a "great act of courage;" another called it "extraordinary."

In July 2017, Shaub resigned as director of the OGE and began his current position at the Campaign Legal Center, stating that working on the outside of the administration would enable him to reform and strengthen existing federal government ethics programs.

Prior to his experience at OGE, Shaub worked as an attorney with the law firm Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux and Roth, P.C., where he focused on federal employment law, representing federal employees, primarily Senior Executive Service members, managers and law enforcement officials. He also held a number of staff attorney positions at a variety of government agencies including the Central Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the VA's Baltimore-Washington Regional Counsel's office.

Shaub earned his BA from James Madison University and his JD from American University Washington College of Law.

Stone Lecture

Monday, March 12 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tina Nabatchi

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a faculty research associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Her research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution and challenges in public administration.

Before joining the Maxwell School, Nabatchi was the research coordinator for the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at Indiana University—Bloomington, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, analysis and publication of various research projects. In this capacity, she provided consultations about, and evaluations of, alternative dispute resolution in several U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Nabatchi's research has been published in numerous journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, National Civic Review and Conflict Resolution Quarterly. She has several award winning articles, including: "Addressing the Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Exploring the Potential of Deliberative Democracy for Public Administration," "Evaluating the Productivity of Collaborative Governance Regimes: A Performance Matrix" and "The New Governance: Practices and Processes for Stakeholder and Citizen Participation in the Work of Government."

In addition to numerous book chapters, monographs and white papers, Nabatchi is the lead editor of Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also recently published two books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy with Matt Leighninger (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and Collaborative Governance Regimes with Kirk Emerson (Georgetown University Press, 2015).

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Closing Plenary

Tuesday, March 13 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Jane Pisano

Incoming ASPA President Jane Pisano will share her vision for her term as President of ASPA during our closing plenary.

Jane Pisano, Ph.D., joined USC in 1991 as dean of the School of Public Administration. During her nearly seven-year tenure as dean, she led a major effort to strengthen the school academically at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Annual gifts and grants more than doubled (from $1.7 to $3.6 million) and the endowment increased four-fold (from $7.5 to $31 million). In 1994, Dr. Pisano was appointed vice president of external relations at the university; and she was promoted to senior vice president in 1998. In this role, Dr. Pisano not only worked with the USC’s chief management team, but was also responsible for establishing and maintaining communal, public, governmental, and alumni connections and relations. She and four other senior officers worked with and assisted the president of the university in essentially all significant decisions.

In addition, Pisano engineered a community outreach program that was nationally recognized when USC was named “Time Magazine College of the Year” in 2000. She conceptualized and implemented the Good Neighbors campaign, which funds university/neighbor partnerships for neighborhood improvement. She led USC’s participation with the Family of Five Schools in the University Park/Exposition Park neighborhood, as well as with two schools in the Health Sciences campus neighborhood, and helped organize the Kid Watch program.

Dr. Pisano’s teaching career began in 1972 at the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Pisano served as a White House Fellow (1976-77) for national security affairs at the National Security Council. In 1991, she was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration, where she formerly served as chair.

She is the former president of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. She holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.