Who We Are

The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy's unique feature is its 800+ Fellows--including former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. The Academy helps the Federal government address its critical management challenges through in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, Congressional testimony, forums and conferences, and online stakeholder engagement. Under contracts with government agencies, some of which are directed by Congress, as well as grants from private foundations, the Academy provides insights on key public management issues, as well as advisory services to government agencies.

Our diverse practice areas include:

  • Organizational Assessment and Design
  • Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
  • Business Process Transformation
  • Change Management
  • Stakeholder Outreach and Collaboration

In addition to client-driven work, as an elected membership organization the National Academy provides opportunities for its Fellows to exchange and develop ideas on a variety of government management and policy issues. The Academy holds an annual meeting of its Fellowship and supports six Standing Panels and one working group that provide input to the Academy’s agenda of studies and serve as collegial forums for Fellows to exchange ideas and interact with experts outside the Academy, including senior government officials. Typically these issues cannot be resolved by a single government agency, a single level of government or even by the government alone, but instead require interdepartmental, intergovernmental and networked solutions.