Welcome to #ASPA2020!

Join more than 1,400 practitioners, scholars and aspiring leaders for the nation’s largest gathering of public service professionals. ASPA’s 2020 Annual Conference will spotlight our society’s most critical challenges and ways to address them. More than 230 panels, workshops, keynotes and demonstrations will highlight proven, on-the-ground practices and innovative scholarship that definitively advance excellence in public service in the United States and around the globe.

Here are five excellent reasons why you should make plans to be in Anaheim.

Be Inspired

Public service provides a mix of successes and challenges but thinking about the possibilities is inspiring. Take a break from the every-day and enjoy this opportunity to think about what could be. Built into this conference’s theme are visions of the future for our profession and plenary addresses and presidential panels will highlight them. But more, this is an excellent opportunity to create your own vision for how you can take an active role in shaping and creating the future. Be in Anaheim this April, where inspiration awaits!

The Boldest Names

ASPA’s keynotes will bring together the best of the best in ways few other events can offer. Seven plenary addresses will feature stellar headliners to offer wisdom, insights and lessons, from former Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta to Luce Foundation CEO Mariko Silver to Georgetown University’s Don Moynihan. Make sure you’re there to benefit from the knowledge and substance we’re packing into five days.

Learn from Fellow Administrators

The ASPA Annual Conference is the melting pot for the broad range of professionals within the field: academics, practitioners, students and think-tankers. This year will be no exception! The following is just a sample of the agencies and organizations from which you will learn while in Anaheim.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Appalachian Community Capital
Austin, Texas Fire Department
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
City of Beverly Hills, California
City of Anaheim, California
City of Houston, Texas Public Works
City of New Orleans, Office of the Inspector General
City of San Marino, California
City of Santa Monica, California
City of South Miami, Florida
Dept. of Emergency Management, Sonoma County, California
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Los Angeles
Institute for Local Government
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Measure America
MTA New York City Transit Authority
New Jersey State Park Service
NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
Office of the City Auditor, Portland, Oregon
Ontario International Airport
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Pause for Change
St. Louis County Department of Revenue
U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Government Accountability Office
The Volcker Alliance
Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families

Public Administration in Action

This year’s conference will bring attendees close to the action with two hands-on demonstrations of public administration: the 2020 Census and U.S. port administration. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about how states across the country are administering the census during one of our presidential panels—as well as fill out their own form while in Anaheim (or after they’ve left). Attendees also can take a tour of the Port of Long Beach and witness how the nation’s second-largest port manages day-to-day business. Be a part of these activities and take lessons back to the office for your own use.

Immigration in Context

Few issues are more polarizing than immigration. No issue is in greater need of a perspective that goes beyond the daily headlines. New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle spent 30 years following an extended family of Filipino immigrants from the slums of Manila to the suburbs of Houston. His observations tell the larger story of global migration, a force remaking economics, politics and culture across the world. While today’s politics of immigration are broken, DeParle will shape a narrative showing immigration as an under-appreciated American success. Join us for this keynote and add your perspective to this conversation.