Serving those that serve.
National Capital Area Chapter – NCAC
Since 1939, The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has been committed to the advancement of excellence in public service. With more than 10,000 members, ASPA promotes recognition of public service, develops a substantive dialogue on current issues, and enhances the professional development of its membership.
The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC), one of 57 national and international chapters, has over 350 members, and is one of ASPA’s largest chapters of public administration practitioners, academics, and students. NCAC has won awards for the board’s leadership and its newsletter.
NCAC connects people to improve government and promote both the value and experience of public service.
NCAC will be the premier organization to interact with other national capital area public service professionals with similar career paths and professional challenges.
NCAC is passionate about promoting public sector excellence and connecting our members.
Our Long Term Goals
Provide a forum to promote and recognize the value of public service
Foster inclusive networks among those who serve the public
Grow the chapter membership and ensure its viability
The NCAC Board of Directors
Judy England-Joseph is a consultant with the Partnership for Public Service and Management Systems International working on domestic and international government performance and accountability issues. She is a retired executive from the the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and was responsible for housing, community and economic development, emergency management, small business, telecommunications and energy issues. Judy is an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a National Academy for Public Administration Fellow. She is a graduate of American University.
Allen is an independent consultant after retiring from the federal government with over 30 years of service. Most of his federal service was with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he led studies on such issues as performance measurement, strategic planning, national and community indicator systems, and pandemic influenza. He is very active in serving his community—Alexandria, Virginia—either chairing or serving on the governing boards of several community coalitions. Allen holds a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Billy is the founder of BL Insights, where he helps public-serving institutions become more effective identifying, achieving, and communicating their strategic value. He brings a scientific approach to his work, having been a career scientist and educator at Yale University. I became interested in public administration through local government. Billy served on his town’s Inland Wetlands Commission for 12 years.
Michael joined ASPA as membership coordinator in August 2015. He earned a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. Michael also holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and Business from Simpson University.
With a focus in the public sector, Michael has worked for local and international nonprofit organizations. He started his career at the Boys and Girls Club of America and then in 2012 worked on a community development project in Uganda, Africa. Academically, Michael has special interest in community development and civil society creation as well as Eastern Europe where he completed a quarter of his graduate level classwork.
Prior to ASPA, Michael spent several years working with student populations where he gained event and project management experience and an organizational and customer service skillset. He was the graduate professional assistant for Student Centers; a founding member, vice president and treasurer of the Masters of Public Administration Student Organization. He also served as the vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association at George Mason University.
Paula Acevedo is a Grants Management Specialist with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Prior to NIAID, Paula worked in the nonprofit space focusing on K-12 and post secondary education policy research and advocacy. Paula has also held positions at the International Trade Administration, the National College Access Network, and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Paula holds a Master’s in Public Administration from American University with a focus in Public Policy Analysis, and a Bachelor’s in Business Admiration from Florida Atlantic University.
Whitney Meyerhoeffer is the Director of Communications and State Chapter Relations at the American Mental Health Counselors Association, responsible for publications, email marketing, advertising, continuing education, branding, public relations, component relations, website design, and graphic design. Before joining AMHCA, she worked for multiple nonprofit organizations building skills in communications and management. Prior to that she served as an Americorps member. Creativity, hard work, and leadership are her strengths and she is always up for a challenge. To learn more and see a complete resume visit www.whitneymeyerhoeffer.com.
Arthur Elkins is the Inspector General at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Arthur provides leadership to a team of auditors, investigators, legal counsel and support staff whose mission is to assist WSSC with recommendations designed to enhance programmatic and operational efficiencies and effectiveness, compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies that support and advance WSSC’s mission to provide safe and reliable water to our environment in an ethical, sustainable, and financially responsible manner.
Steven Putansu, PhD is a Pracademic at the US Government Accountability Office and lecturer at American University. He is the author of Politics and Policy Knowledge in Federal Education: Confronting the Evidence-Based Proverb. Steven splits his time as a public servant at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO); a professorial lecturer at American University; and a public management scholar. He tries, as much as he can, to find connections between research and practice, and across academic fields and disciplines, to advocate for thoughtful development and use of policy knowledge in government decisions. This means finding a balance between often competing goals and working to ensure that considerations of the four pillars of economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and social equity are incorporated throughout decision making, policy implementation, strategic management, and evaluation processes.
“There are many amazing public servants and academics on twitter! You can follow me at @steveputansu – then check out who I follow to find some real superstars!”