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.


Trusted Advice

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the Academy’s Federal Charter. This Charter establishes the Academy as the nation’s premier source of “trusted advice” on issues of governance, public management, and public administration.  It not only provides the Academy with certain rights and responsibilities, but also articulates the Academy’s core mission and values. 

7 Core Values

  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Public Service
  • Innovation
  • Connecting People and Ideas
  • Global Perspective

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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