Who We Are

The National Academy of Public Administration helps government leaders solve their most critical management challenges.  Since 1967, our congressionally chartered non-partisan non-profit Academy has provided expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.  Our national network of over 850 Fellows includes former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. 

Supported by a full-time professional staff, our Fellows bring their insights, experience, successes, and lessons learned straight to our clients through independent thought leadership, in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums and conferences.


Our Vision

Making government work, and work for all.

Our Mission

To improve governance and advance the field of public administration.

Our Core Values

      Excellence

The Academy provides excellent service and solutions through the unique breadth of expertise and experience contributed by its Fellows and professional staff, who represent the best in existing and emerging leadership in the field of public administration.

      Independence

Clients and stakeholders rely upon the fact that the Academy’s work and recommendations are always evidence-driven, unbiased, and non-partisan.

      Integrity

The Academy adheres to the highest standard of ethical conduct, internally and externally.

      Innovation

The Academy leverages the expertise of its Fellows and staff with cutting-edge technology to think creatively about challenges in public administration and to deliver innovative and effective solutions.

      Inclusion

The Academy is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its internal operations, its Fellowship, and its client work. In its studies and reports, the Academy supports public administration practices and solutions that recognize and address the needs of all communities.

Our Strategic Goals

Goal 1

The Academy will champion ideas and practices that advance the theory and practice of public administration and associated public policy matters by generating thoughtful original content that is recognized for its excellence and reliability, and will encourage and promote research, collaboration, and innovation across all aspects of the field/practice.

Goal 2

The Academy will provide its Fellows a responsive and effective forum for collaboration on public administration and governance challenges that motivates their active, substantive, and sustained engagement.

Goal 3

The Academy will ensure it has the financial stability to independently develop original research and policy recommendations that assure its continued leadership in the field of public administration.

Goal 4

The Academy will apply technology in its internal operations, including staff development, in a state-of-the-art manner that promotes a productive and engaging work environment.

Goal 5

The Academy will continue its commitment to raising and resolving issues of equity in governance, and to incorporating and modeling social equity in its own policies and practices.


The Congressional Charter

The Charter set forth the following “objects and purposes” for the Academy:

  1. Evaluating the structure, administration, operation, and program performance of Federal and other governments and government agencies, anticipating, identifying, and analyzing significant problems and suggesting timely corrective action;
  2. Foreseeing and examining critical emerging issues in governance, formulating practical approaches to their resolution.
  3. Assessing the effectiveness, structure, administration, and implications for governance of present or proposed public programs, policies, and processes, recommending specific changes;
  4. Advising on the relationship of Federal, State, regional, and local governments; increasing public officials,’ citizens,’ and scholars’ understanding of requirements and opportunities for sound governance and how these can be effectively met; and
  5. Demonstrating by the conduct of its affairs a commitment to the highest professional standards of ethics and scholarship.

Read the full charter here.

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