In November 2017, the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) held its 50th Annual Meeting. The Academy is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1967 and granted a congressional charter in 1984 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. The Academy has over 850 Fellows, including former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.
The focus of this year’s meeting was “Governing Across the Divide,” which built upon the Academy’s cross-country sessions during 2017 that included presentations and gatherings of Academy Fellows and others at four major universities across the United States. Gerton encouraged Fellows to visit special displays during the meeting about the Academy’s history and to record a brief testimonial about what they each value about the Academy.
The 2017 meeting featured an all-star cast of keynote speakers and insightful discussions to address the topic of “Governing Across the Divide.” KPMG worked with the Academy to highlight key findings and takeaways from this meeting.
Consistent with the meeting’s theme, breakout sessions on specific topics included:
Other annual meeting activities included: