Humphrey School News—November 16, 2017

Jodi Sandfort Elected to National Academy of Public Administration

Now she'll be on call to Congress for analyses and implementation advice


Head shot of Professor Jodi Sandfort
Professor Jodi Sandfort (Photo: Bruce Silcox)

Humphrey School Professor Jodi Sandfort has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She will be inducted into the academy during its fall meeting this weekend in Arlington, Virginia.

Sandfort chairs the Humphrey School’s leadership and management area. Her research focuses on improving implementation of social policies, especially those designed to support low-income children and their families.

NAPA is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization chartered by Congress to provide expert advice to assist government leaders. The fellowship features more than 800 fellows, lifetime appointees, who help all government agencies address management challenges and in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

Sandfort joins 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.

Sandfort was nominated by current fellows based on her work in policy implementation and program evaluation. She underwent a rigorous interviewing and voting process with members of NAPA. Now that she’s a fellow, she can expect to be on call if Congress has special analyses needed, or if a government agency wants outside, impartial advisers to look at policy implementation and administration of public programs.

Sandfort directs the Future Services Institute, which is part of the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and conducts program evaluation, executive leadership training, and service redesign. As a NAPA fellow, Sandfort expects to focus on service redesign. “This position enables me to magnify the human-centered design work launched in Minnesota that is so important in improving public services,” she says.

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