The 752 Fellows of the National Academy possess an unmatched wealth of expertise and serve as the cornerstone of the organization. Our Fellows are comprised of:
- 8 current or former members of the U.S. Congress
- 18 current or former presidential cabinet members
- 35 current or former federal department deputy and undersecretaries
- 90 current or former federal department assistant secretaries
- 49 current or former federal agency commissioners or administrators
- 8 current or former governors
- 32 current or former state government cabinet members
- 18 current or former mayors
- 72 current or former city or county managers
- 33 current or former chancellors or presidents of colleges and universities
- 82 current or former deans of colleges and universities
They contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of National Academy projects and provide general guidance of the organization. Fellows are also the National Academy’s primary resource for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government through our Standing Panels.
Most studies are carried out under the direction of Project Panels, which consist primarily of elected National Academy Fellows. A team of National Academy staff support the Project Panels, providing the resources and skill to execute each study.
New Fellows are elected by the entire membership after a rigorous nomination process that takes place each spring. They are inducted as Fellows at the National Academy’s Fall Meeting held each November.