About Us

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.

Our Mision
NCAC connects people to improve government and promote both the value and experience of public service.

Our Vision
NCAC will be the premier organization to interact with other national capital area public service professionals with similar career paths and professional challenges.

Our Passion
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

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 Lomax

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 Leiserson

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.


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!”

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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.

I am a Senior Management Analyst with over 20 years of Federal Civil Service. I currently work for the Department of the Army, Force Management Support Agency.
First, some fun facts about me. I love to travel!  My previous excursions were Aruba, Dominican Republic and Grand Turks and Caicos.  I was scheduled to cruise to Alaska in June of this year but Covid19 had its say….what a bummer! I enjoy spending time with family and friends, volunteering in my spare time and “chalking up” a few steps with Fitbit Workweek hustle! That’s how I exercise and it’s fun too!
As a Senior Management Analyst, I oversee diverse portfolios of Army organization structure and major systems for multiple Army Commands.  The products I provide are data driven, integrate manpower, personnel and equipment. I offer comprehensive leadership, management and technical guidance across organization management communities.
My agency plays a vital role in processes which establishes and resources mission-ready Army organizations and all elements of the Army Organizational Life Cycle Model that meets the Secretary of the Army’s statutory requirements to resource; maintain and station the Army.
We ensure the Army is efficiently and effectively organized, manned, equipped, trained, and sustained through delivery of our products. My work is very unique.  I am able to evaluate and apply organization designs and models that meet the critical needs of the Army. I am proud to serve as a member of the Army team and Institution.
It has been a pleasure sharing a few tidbits about me!  I can be reach reached at clberhane@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Dale Jones is a higher education leader and public administration scholar. He is a member of the
Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His university administrator and
faculty member career spans public and independent colleges and universities. Most recently, he
served as chancellor and chief academic officer of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre.
Before then, he was vice president for strategy, administration, and board affairs at Hampden-
Sydney College in Virginia. Dale also served on the faculties at the Syracuse University Maxwell
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public
Affairs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs (adjunct), and U.S. Air
Force Academy Department of Political Science. He is an ardent advocate for public service and
higher education leaders.

He is an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he completed a B.S. degree in
Aeronautical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Syracuse
University Maxwell School. He also received an M.A. from George Washington University and an
M.B.A. from Wright State University. Dale completed a career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and member at large on
the Board of Directors for the ASPA National Capital Area Chapter. He and his wife Kristen reside
in Alexandria, Virginia.

NCAC Annual Financial Information Reports

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