Serving those that serve
National Capital Area Chapter – NCAC
Since 1939, The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has been committed to the advancement of excellence in public service. With more than 10,000 members, ASPA promotes recognition of public service, develops a substantive dialogue on current issues, and enhances the professional development of its membership.
The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC), one of 57 national and international chapters, has over 350 members, and is one of ASPA’s largest chapters of public administration practitioners, academics, and students. NCAC has won awards for the board’s leadership and its newsletter.
NCAC connects people to improve government and promote both the value and experience of public service.
NCAC will be the premier organization to interact with other national capital area public service professionals with similar career paths and professional challenges.
Our Long Term Goals:
1. Provide a forum to promote and recognize the value of public service
2. Foster inclusive networks among those who serve the public
3. Grow the chapter membership and ensure its viability
NCAC is passionate about promoting public sector excellence and connecting our members.
The NCAC Board of Directors
Judy England-Joseph is a consultant with the Partnership for Public Service and Management Systems International working on domestic and international government performance and accountability issues. She is a retired executive from the the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and was responsible for housing, community and economic development, emergency management, small business, telecommunications and energy issues. Judy is an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a National Academy for Public Administration Fellow. She is a graduate of American University.
Sarah (Sally) Jaggar: Independent consultant, strategic adviser and researcher working with National Academy of Public Administration (2013), the Partnership for Public Service (2005 – present), and other organizations. Formerly, Managing Director in the Human Capital Office and Managing Director of Health Financing and Public Health Issues, among other functions at the US Government Accountability Office.
Allen is an independent consultant after retiring from the federal government with over 30 years of service. Most of his federal service was with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he led studies on such issues as performance measurement, strategic planning, national and community indicator systems, and pandemic influenza. He is very active in serving his community—Alexandria, Virginia—either chairing or serving on the governing boards of several community coalitions. Allen holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pamela Foster is currently a MPA student at Walden University. After years of being a social worker and witnessing the populations that she served deal with the consistent day to day frustrations, followed by the same day to day struggles, Pamela realized she had a passion for advocacy and public policy. Pamela decided she wanted to help people on an organizational level rather than on an individual level.
Paula Acevedo is a Senior Research Associate at Council for a Strong America (CSA), where she focuses on the importance of investing in effective programs for children from cradle to career incorporating the perspective of business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sport surrogates. Prior to CSA, Paula held positions at the International Trade Administration, the National College Access Network, and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Paula holds a MPA from American University and a BBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Michael joined ASPA as membership coordinator in August 2015. He earned a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. Michael also holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and Business from Simpson University.
With a focus in the public sector, Michael has worked for local and international nonprofit organizations. He started his career at the Boys and Girls Club of America and then in 2012 worked on a community development project in Uganda, Africa. Academically, Michael has special interest in community development and civil society creation as well as Eastern Europe where he completed a quarter of his graduate level classwork.
Prior to ASPA, Michael spent several years working with student populations where he gained event and project management experience and an organizational and customer service skillset. He was the graduate professional assistant for Student Centers; a founding member, vice president and treasurer of the Masters of Public Administration Student Organization. He also served as the vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association at George Mason University.
Billy is the founder of BL Insights, where he helps public-serving institutions become more effective identifying, achieving, and communicating their strategic value. He brings a scientific approach to his work, having been a career scientist and educator at Yale University. I became interested in public administration through local government. Billy served on his town’s Inland Wetlands Commission for 12 years.
Erica is a strategy and social impact professional with Herren Associates. She brings many years of performance improvement, event planning, and stakeholder consulting experience to the board as our new program committee chair.