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National Academy of Public Administration Podcasts

Featuring Experts on Public Administration Challenges



Social Equity Perspectives: A Balanced Discussion of Law Enforcement Budgeting
Published: July 13, 2020

The Academy's standing panel on social equity in governance discusses challenges and solutions for today's social equity issues.

Speakers Include:

Mohamad G. Alkadry serves as a Professor and Head of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. His current research is focused on social justice and social equity in public policy and administration including gender, race and ethnic disparities in policy and administrative outcomes. Until this year, he co-chaired the NASPAA Diversity and Social Equity Committee since 2014. Dr. Alkadry has over 50 peer-reviewed articles and he is also co-author of Women and Public Service: Barriers, Challenges and Opportunities (2013, 2014) and These Things Happen: Stories from the Public Sector (2002).  Dr. Alkadry’s practitioner experience includes service as a senior research associate at the Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment (Florida Atlantic University) and as a Value-for-Money (performance) Auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (Ottawa). Dr. Alkadry has authored in excess of 40 community and professional studies in areas of governance and public management. (LinkedIn)

Dr. Oscar Odom III currently serves as the Vice President of Security for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Dr. Odom has served as a Commissioner on the New York City Districting Commission of New York City. Dr. Odom is the former First Deputy Sheriff Commissioner and Four (4) Star Chief of the New York City Sheriff’s Office. Also, a Retired New York City Police Detective (20 years). Dr. Odom has served several New York City Mayor's. Dr. Odom has held several assignments in the New York City Police Department, Patrol Officer, Police Academy Instructor, Intelligence Division, Career Criminal Investigation Unit and Juvenile Crime Squad (Fugitive Enforcement Division). Also, serve a news commentator on policing, criminal justice and terrorism issues. Additionally, Dr. Odom has an academic career that expands over twenty years and has served as a professor in graduate and undergraduate colleges in criminal justice, law and emergency & disaster management. Dr. Odom is a member of the Oxford Roundtable in the United Kingdom. Dr. Odom earned his B.S. degree in Correction Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Juris Doctorate degree from the City University of New York School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review, and earned his Doctorate of Education with a Specialization in Educational Leadership and Management with Distinction /4.00 Grade Point Average at Capella University. Dr. Odom is a Fulbright Scholar Criminal Justice Peer Reviewer. (LinkedIn)

Rev. Nelson Jerome Pierce, Jr is the senior pastor of Beloved Community Church, and is the Faith and Race Program Director in the Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University.  Rev. Pierce is a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity.   Rev. Pierce has worked to strengthen the justice ministries of churches all around the country. As the lead trainer for the Black Church Institute, Rev. Pierce led workshops and national conventions to equip pastors and churches with the tools they need to address, in a holistic way, the issues of sex and sexuality. While in Ohio, Rev. Pierce has organized clergy from around the state to fight attacks on voting rights and on workers rights, and fought to keep Ohioans safe from Stand Your Ground legislation and police brutality. In the late Summer and Fall of 2014, Rev. Pierce played a critical role in organizing clergy and young people in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO for which he is recognized in a video tribute in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC. In the fall 2018, Rev. Pierce led an effort to organize the voting power of the Black Church, an effort that engaged over 50 churches and over 3,000 people. Rev. Pierce received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.(LinkedIn)


Welcome to the 19th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference
Published: June 7, 2020

Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the Academy, welcomes you to the 19th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC), an event co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and co-sponsored and hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HHH) at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Today's Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future
Live Streamed: October 22, 2019, 8:00 AM

Panel: Importance of Diversity and Inclusion to Retain Talented Employees
Moderator: Debbie Eshelman, Managing Director, Management Concepts
Dr. Joyce Renee Evans, Lead Investigations Case Analyst Trainer, National Background Investigations Bureau, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
Harvey Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resolution Management and Acting Executive Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Veterans Affairs
Michael Rigas, Deputy Director, United States Office of Personnel Management
Pamela H. Richards, Investigative Research Analyst, Government Accountability Office, Forensic Audit and Investigative Services (Also DC Metro Regional Manager of the Federally Employed Women)
Special Session: The Promise of Fair and Open Competition for Federal Jobs
Stephanie Grosser, Bureaucracy Hacker, Office of Management and Budget
Closing Speaker:
Michael Murray, Director of the Employer Policy Team, Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy


The Section 809 Panel was created in the FY2016 NDAA and charged with analyzing the acquisition regulations and statutes applicable to DoD and making recommendations to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process. Although the panel’s mission was DoD-centric, many of its recommendations are applicable governmentwide. The panel published four reports that contain a total of 98 recommendations to put the defense acquisition system on a war footing. These concepts include both evolutionary and revolutionary recommendations to better leverage innovation in the dynamic marketplace and get capabilities to warfighters faster.

809 Panel Chair David Drabkin and Commissioners Elliott Branch, Al Burman, and Joe Dyer provided an overview of the 809 Panel and its recommendations, followed by a panel discussion of what DoD can do now (evolutionary recommendations), how these recommendations might be adopted by other agencies, and how the Congress can be engaged and motivated to adopt the more sweeping, revolutionary recommendations.

More information can be found on the panel's website here Roadmap.

Roundtable on Civil Service Reform

NAPA recently hosted a roundtable discussion on Civil Service Reform with Rebecca Hunter, the former Tennessee State Commissioner of HR.

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Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Public Administration

NAPA recently hosted a forum on Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Public Administration to mark the release of our new book on AI in Public Administration.

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The President's Management Agenda Turns One

NAPA recently hosted an event on the first anniversary of the President’s Management Agenda with senior administration officials to discuss the PMA and the Academy's new book on the PMA.

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Sirius XM's Tim Farley interviews Terry Gerton on the President's Management Agenda

It's the one year anniversary of the President's Management Agenda

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Solving government’s management challenges: a conversation with Terry Gerton

How does National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA) fulfill its mission solving governments’ most critical management challenges?

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Video Recordings from The Changing Role of States

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

2. The Changing Role of States in Environmental Policy

3. The Changing Role of States in Health Policy

4. Keynote: William Pound

5. Keynote: Robert Hertzberg

6. The Changing Relationship Between States and Local Governments