Meet Our Fellows: Michael Maccoby (‘85)

Dr. Michael Maccoby, elected in 1985, reflects on funny stories, his greatest accomplishments, and more from his wide-ranging career in public service.

Reflecting on your career, what are some of the highlights?

There are a lot of highlights, both in the public and private sectors. Here are some:

Any funny stories you’d like to share?

What would you say are your greatest accomplishments?

Where are you now? How do you like to spend your time?

I am now writing and lecturing (I have been lecturing to the leadership of the Indian Health Service during the last few months). I am currently teaching a seminar at the Washington School of Psychiatry which presented me with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. I am the strategic leadership consultant to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) with homes, schools, hospitals and community centers in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Looking at the present and into the future, what do you think a public administration “Grand Challenge” is or might be?

The Grand Challenge I’d like to see is the transformation of bureaucracies into Learning Organizations where people learn from their experiences, share learnings, participate in continuous improvement, and collaborate across boundaries. Learning organizations are focused on responding to the needs of the people they serve.