ASPA’S 2021-2022 Election

Six individuals—five district representatives and the student representative—will be elected to ASPA leadership positions in 2021. Their service will begin on March 22, 2022 at the conclusion of the 2022 Annual Conference.

All individuals will serve on the National Council, the Society’s governing body. Among other responsibilities, the council sets ASPA’s overall direction and policy; oversees its management and ensures its financial stability; and establishes and oversees Chapters, Sections, committees and other bodies.

ASPA’s bylaws provide that the slate of nominees for these positions should be “representative of the groups and professional interests within ASPA, seeking a balance of academic and practitioner, including international, nonprofit, and all levels of government.”

In addition, ASPA’s policies direct that the slate of nominees should be diverse “relative to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other important forms of diversity."

All nominations are due by September 3, 2021.

 


Position Descriptions


Below are additional details on the positions. Click on the links below to access information on each.  For more information on ASPA's current leadership, click here. For more on the nomination process, click here for ASPA’s bylaws.

District Representative
Student Representative

District Representative

Who is eligible? ASPA members in good standing, whose membership is current through the end of the voting period, who have been members for at least one year immediately prior to nomination and whose primary residence or principal place of employment in the electoral district from which they are nominated and will stand for election.

Who elects the district representative? ASPA members in good standing whose primary address is in the electoral district where the district representative is running.

How long is the term? Three years. District Representatives are eligible to serve no more than two full consecutive terms but are eligible to serve additional terms following at least one year of non-service. Incumbents seeking a second consecutive term shall be considered but are not guaranteed renomination.

What are the responsibilities? Council members are expected to assume leadership responsibilities vital to ASPA’s effective operation, including National, District, Chapter, and Section responsibilities:
  • Actively support ASPA’s goals, including leading development of its strategic direction and/or plan.
  • Engage in policy deliberations and decisionmaking impacting ASPA.
  • Represent ASPA’s goals and objectives to members and the general public.
  • Support and facilitate the work of Chapters and Sections and liaise between them and the national organization.
  • Ensure prudent use of all assets, including financial resources, intellectual property, people, and goodwill; seek to enhance such assets; and fulfill its fiduciary responsibility by supporting activities that advance ASPA’s effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Make an annual contribution to the ASPA Endowment and participate in Council-led fundraising initiatives aimed at strengthening the financial position of ASPA operations and/or the Endowment.

What are the districts?
  • District 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • District 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, West Virginia
  • District 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • District 4: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • District 5: Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah



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Student Representative

Who is eligible? ASPA members in good standing, whose membership is current through the end of the voting period, who have been a member for at least one year immediately prior to nomination, and who holds the student or new professional membership category.

Who elects the student representative? ASPA members in good standing who hold the Student or New Professional membership category.

How long is the term? One year.



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What skills are most needed on the National Council?

ASPA seeks candidates with a variety of leadership skills, including a strategic understanding of the public administration field—spanning practice and scholarship—to position the Society for continued programmatic and financial growth. In particular, we welcome individuals with a commitment to the following:

  • Building a positive organizational culture. Engage and convene Chapter leadership and provide a District/locally based voice at the national organizational level. Actively participate in Chapter visits, contribute to cultivating new Chapters and strengthening existing ones; attend and support District-based conferences.
  • Participating in ASPA’s development activities. Support ASPA’s financial and programmatic position. Actively participate in Endowment- and fundraising-related efforts; provide leads and recommendations on prospective donors/supporters. Recommend programmatic ideas that advance ASPA’s focus on the field’s most critical issues, including infrastructure, finance, social equity and public service.
  • Demonstrating a Duty of Care, Loyalty and Obedience. Consistent with the role of governing boards, ensure ASPA’s mission and welfare stands at the forefront of the member’s contributions to the National Council.
We are looking for thoughtful decisionmakers, strategic minds and action-oriented volunteers who are willing and able to work the national organization’s professional staff as we continue to grow ASPA as the premier member society for public administration.



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