Standing Panels and Working Groups

The Academy’s Standing Panels provide an ongoing method for Fellows to contribute to the Academy’s work. Standing Panels can initiate projects and serve as collegial forums for Fellows to share ideas and exchange information. They often serve as sounding boards for ideas and proposals and occasionally propose position statements for the Academy.

Panel meetings generally feature presentations by distinguished guests, followed by informal discussion. The Academy supports six Standing Panels:

Africa Working Group

Panel Chair: Sy Murray

The Africa Working Group (AWG) is a sub-committee of the International Standing Panel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Established in 2001, the AWG’s mission is to enhance public administration and governance in Africa.

Executive Organization and Management

Panel Chair: John M. Kamensky

The Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management (EOM) is the National Academy's oldest and longest serving standing panel. The Panel focuses on improving the structure, capacity, management and performance of public institutions.

International Affairs

Panel Chair: Arnold Fields

The Standing Panel on International Affairs focuses on the National Academy's role in the international community. It considers a broad range of issues, such as: assisting in the development of democratic institutions in transitional democracies throughout the world; addressing public management challenges in developing countries; examining the management of the U.S. government's international activities; and promoting information sharing on promising practices in public management.

Public Service

Panel Chair: Alan P. Balutis

This Standing Panel is a valuable resource to the National Academy of Public Administration as it pursues its work in human resources management. The Panel meets regularly and is focused on the difficult issues facing government.

Social Equity in Governance

Panel Chair: Blue Wooldridge

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The Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance focuses on issues of fairness, justice, and equity in a variety of public contexts, including, but not limited to: education, policing, welfare, housing, and transportation.

Technology Leadership

Panel Chair: Alan Shark

Technology unto itself is but a set of tools that requires a high level of understanding and leadership that can no longer be delegated to a single person, support agency or department. Every day public administrators struggle to navigate the ever-changing landscape, trying to keep current with the latest trends and best practices.

The Federal System

Panel Co-Chairs: Mark Pisano & Marilyn Rubin

The Standing Panel on the Federal System considers challenges and issues related to the U.S. federal system and intergovernmental relations. 

Membership in the Academy’s Standing Panels is open to all Academy Fellows. Fellows who wish to become members of one of these Panels or have their names removed from its distribution list should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact her at (202) 204-3648.