Humphrey School News—September 26, 2019

Dean Laura Bloomberg Elected to National Academy of Public Administration


Head shot of Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg
Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg (Photo: Bruce Silcox)

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is proud to announce that Dean Laura Bloomberg has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), in recognition of her ongoing contributions to public administration and policy. Bloomberg is one of 51 new fellows who will be inducted into the academy at its annual meeting November 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia. 

NAPA is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization chartered by Congress that is dedicated to improving the performance of public institutions in the United States—in every branch and at every level. 

Its fellows include more than 900 of the nation’s top public managers and scholars, jurists, current and former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, and diplomats. They are called on to help government agencies address management challenges and build more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

“I'm inspired by this impressive group of leaders, and honored to be joining their ranks,” Bloomberg says. “I'm particularly eager to engage with NAPA fellows because we come from different sectors and backgrounds, yet share in our commitment to building equitable government institutions that meet needs, add value, and advance the common good.” 

NAPA is launching a new program—Grand Challenges in Public Administration—to identify and address the biggest challenges that government at all levels will face through the 2020s. The final set of Grand Challenges will be announced at the organization’s November conference. 

“Our fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration, and this year’s incoming class is no exception,” says NAPA President and CEO Terry Gerton. “They are an outstanding group that will enrich our fellowship, especially as we unveil the Grand Challenges in Public Administration and collaborate across the field to find solutions.” 

Bloomberg has served as dean of the Humphrey School since June 2017. Prior to her appointment she was associate dean for four years. Her research focuses on community-based leadership, program evaluation, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue, and educational policy. 

She has consulted on program evaluation and education policy initiatives in Canada, China, Cyprus, and in countries across Africa and Europe. She has worked with several states, federal agencies, and Indigenous nations to improve civic leadership and education systems across the United States.

Bloomberg joins Jodi Sandfort, Greg Lindsey, Samuel Myers Jr., and John Bryson among current Humphrey School faculty members who are NAPA  fellows; and Eric Schwartz, Brian Atwood, and Paul Light among former faculty members.

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