Nesta M. Gallas Lecture: Secretary Leon Panetta

Friday, April 3 | 3:45 p.m. | Grand Ballroom A-D


A Monterey native and Santa Clara University School of Law graduate, Secretary Panetta began his long and distinguished public service career in 1964 as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and, upon discharge, went to work in Washington as a legislative assistant to United States Senate Minority Whip Tom Kuchel of California. In 1969, he was appointed director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for enforcing equal education laws. Later, he served as executive assistant to the mayor of New York City. He then returned to Monterey, where he practiced law until his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1976.

Serving in Congress for sixteen years, Panetta was a key participant in agriculture, health care, ocean and federal budget issues. From 1989 to 1993, he chaired the House Budget Committee. He authored a wide range of legislation, including the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988, Medicare and Medicaid coverage for hospice care for the terminally ill and numerous measures to protect the California coast, including creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

In 1993, he left Congress to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Clinton administration. There, he was instrumental in developing policies that led to a balanced federal budget and eventual surpluses. In 1994, he accepted appointment as the president’s chief of staff and immediately brought order and focus to White House operations.

Upon leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, Panetta joined with his wife, Sylvia, to establish and co-direct The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University—Monterey Bay. Reflecting his own ideals and personal example, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit study center seeks to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service and prepare them for the policy challenges of the future.

Returning to public service in the Obama administration as director of the CIA, he ran the operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, and, as Secretary of Defense, led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helped bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military.

Secretary Panetta returned to the Panetta Institute as chairman on February 27, 2013 and resumed his role as moderator of the renowned Leon Panetta Lecture Series. He chronicles his life in public service in his best-selling memoir Worthy Fights, which was published in 2014.

Elliot Richardson Lecture: Mariko Silver

Saturday, April 4 | 9:00 a.m. | Grand Ballroom A-D


Mariko Silver is the president and CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation. She previously was the president of Bennington College, a pioneering liberal arts college in Vermont. During the Obama administration, she served for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary for international policy where she conceptualized, initiated and led the development and implementation of the first DHS strategic plan for international engagement. She was responsible for representing the U.S. government, leading negotiations and collaborations with foreign governments and international organizations, and supporting more than 2,000 department personnel deployed overseas. These engagements built cooperative projects and programs to counter terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, and enhance resilience to disasters. In these capacities, she regularly was called upon to testify before the U.S. Congress on matters related to international affairs and border security.

Silver also has extensive experience at the interface between governmental, corporate and nonprofit organizations. She served as policy advisor for innovation, higher education and economic development to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. There, she oversaw the Arizona Department of Commerce and guided policy implementation at the Arizona Economic Resource Organization, Science Foundation Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents. She led policy development and implementation and community outreach for the Governor in areas related to science and technology, innovation policy, economic development and diversification, workforce development, tertiary education and the creation of a continuum-oriented education system for the State of Arizona.

Prior to her government service, Silver held multiple roles at Arizona State University, where she designed and led both international and community initiatives, focused on economic development, interdisciplinary science initiatives and student success.

Silver is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Ph.D. in economic geography from UCLA, MSc, from SPRU, University of Sussex (UK) and a B.A., from Yale University.


Global Public Administration Plenary

Sunday, April 5 | 1:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom A-D

A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

By Jason DeParle


“One of the best books on immigration written in a generation.”
—Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted



No issue is more polarizing in American life than immigration and no issue is in greater need of a perspective that goes beyond the daily headlines.

In a work that gives new meaning to immersion journalism, Jason DeParle, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and veteran New York Times reporter, has spent a remarkable three decades following an extended family of Filipino immigrants from the slums of Manila to the suburbs of Houston. Through their multigenerational saga, A GOOD PROVIDER IS ONE WHO LEAVES: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century  tells the larger story of global migration, a force remaking economics, politics and culture across the world, exploding stereotypes throughout.

We are excited that DeParle will join us in Anaheim to talk about his book and his years embedded as a reporter, studying this important issue. Attendees will not only be captivated by his story, but also draw many connections between his research and the impact it has on public administration around the world.

As a young reporter in the 1980s, DeParle moved in with the family in a Manila shantytown and he has tracked their migrations ever since—to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, as cruise ship workers, and finally to Texas. At the heart of the story is an unlikely heroine, Rosalie Villanueva, whose sacrifices rescue the clan from abject poverty. A 15-year-old school girl when DeParle met her, she is now a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three Americanizing kids.

While the politics of immigration are broken, DeParle shows that immigration itself—tens of millions of people gathered from every corner of the world—remains an under-appreciated American success. Weaving narrative and analysis, DeParle reports on migration from places as far flung as Ireland, Cape Verde and Nepal, and traces its impact on events as disparate as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.

In the vast literature on immigration, DeParle’s book stands alone. It is neither a knee-jerk defense of immigration nor an attack on it, but a deeply humanized portrait of its costs and rewards—much like his acclaimed poverty book, American Dream. Like the works of Alex Kotlowitz or Katherine Boo, it is narrative nonfiction on the scale of an epic novel, with much to teach the expert and novice alike.

Make sure you're in the audience in Anaheim to hear from DeParle and learn from his experiences. Researchers and practitioners alike will find this presentation invaluable.

A book signing will follow DeParle's presentation in the exhibit hall, where books also will be available for purchase.

About the Author:
Jason DeParle is a reporter for The New York Times and has written extensively about poverty and immigration. His book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Library. He was an Emerson Fellow at New America. He is a recipient of the George Polk Award and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

For more information, visit:
Website: https://jasondeparle.com/
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/jason-deparle
Twitter: @JasonDeParle

Photo Credit: Diana Walker


Donald C. Stone Lecture

Monday, April 6 | 12:45 p.m. | Grand Ballroom A-D


Donald Moynihan is the inaugural McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy. His research examines how to improve how government works. He examines the behavioral effects of efforts to improve public sector outcomes through government reform, as well as the administrative burdens people encounter in their interactions with government. He is the author of, most recently, Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means, winner of the Brownlow best book award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). He has presented his research to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and governments around the world. His research was cited in President Obama’s budget proposal and he has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Hill, among others

Prior to joining Georgetown University, Moynihan previously served as the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also is a visiting professor at the University of Oxford and Aarhus University, past president of the Public Management Research Association and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his BA in public administration at the University of Limerick and his master's and PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

In 2014, he was awarded the Kershaw Award, provided every two years by Mathematica and the Association of Public Policy and Management to a scholar under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to the study of public policy and management. Journal articles he has authored have won awards from the public and nonprofit division of the Academy of Management (2002, 2017), the American Review of Public Administration (2003), Public Administration Review (PAR) (2007) and Public Administration (2013). PAR also selected two of his articles on leadership and motivation to be listed among the 75 most influential papers in its 75-year history. On three occasions, he has won the American Society for Public Administration Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award for outstanding scholarship on performance in public and nonprofit organizations (2009, 2011 and 2013). His book on performance management won awards from the American Political Science Association and the Academy of Management, and his book on administrative burdens received the Brownlow book award from the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2011, he won the National Academy of Public Administration/Wilder School award for scholarship in social equity. He received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from ASPA and NASPAA.

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Closing Plenary: The Port of Long Beach

Tuesday, April 7 | 11:30 a.m. | Grand Ballroom A-D

Noel Hacegaba
Deputy Executive Director, Administration and Operations, Port of Long Beach, California


Join us to hear about the Port of Long Beach and its operations—and then head for a tour of the port itself!

Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director of administration and operations for the Port of Long Beach, California, will provide our closing plenary address. He is responsible for managing the day to day administrative and operating functions of the port including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, communications and security. He was named to the post in August 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the port’s governing body.

More recently, Hacegaba served as the port’s managing director of commercial operations and chief commercial officer from 2014-2018. He successfully managed the port’s commercial activities during a period of significant industry realignment and led the swift recovery of its largest container terminal following the biggest bankruptcy in shipping line industry history, clearing the path for record volumes in 2017 and 2018. He also led the port’s business development, operations, customer service and security functions, and collaborated with customers and industry partners to optimize the supply chain and drive cargo growth.

Previously, Hacegaba served as in his current role in an acting capacity, managing the day to day business activities of the port. He began his career at the port in 2010 as the executive officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position that reported directly to the Board and coordinated the governing body’s policy, administrative and communications functions.

He has more than 23 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a senior administrator for an elected office, a business executive for a growing company engaged in international trade, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He earned his doctorate in public administration at the University of La Verne, where he continues to serve on the faculty of the school's College of Business and Public Management.

Hacegaba also is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, one of the nation's premier post-graduate fellowship programs. Additionally, he is a certified port executive (CPE) and earned the port professional manager (PPM) professional designation offered through the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). As part of his work in the PPM program, he authored a white paper, “Big Ships, Big Challenges: The Impact of Mega Container Vessels on U.S. Port Authorities,” which was published by AAPA and widely distributed as a reference resource within the port authority sector and the broader goods movement industry. He has written numerous other articles published in Port Technology International and the Journal of Commerce.


The Port of Long Beach
Tuesday, April 7 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Port of Long Beach

Special fee of $15 for the port tour. Bus transportation (hotel-port-hotel) will be provided.

The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 2.6 million trade-related jobs across the nation, more than 575,000 in Southern California.

As the industry navigates the “Big Ship Era,” the Port of Long Beach is one of the few U.S. ports that can welcome today’s largest vessels.

The Port serves 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world. Goods moving through the Port reach every U.S. congressional district.

The Port encompasses 3,200 acres with 31 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 62 berths and 68 post-Panamax gantry cranes. In 2018, the Port handled more than 8 million container units, achieving the busiest year in its history.

Led by the five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners and Executive Director Mario Cordero, the Port is on track for a green future, pursuing the most aggressive capital improvement program in the nation and creating the world’s most modern, efficient and sustainable seaport. As part of an industry-leading $4 billion capital improvement program this decade, the Port is building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world to accommodate bigger and bigger ships, while generating thousands of new jobs in the region.

The Port of Long Beach prides itself on its culture of excellent customer service and the strong relationships it maintains with industry, community, environmental advocates and partner agencies. It has received many accolades from government and industry for its landmark green initiatives, and industry leaders have named it “The Best Seaport in North America” for 19 of the past 22 years.


Closing Lecture and Tour of the Port Sponsored By: