APPAM Officers and Staff



Carolyn Heinrich, Vanderbilt University, serves through 2017


David Johnson, University of Michigan, serves through 2017


Immediate Past President

Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, serves through 2017


Vice Presidents

Colleen Barry, Johns Hopkins University, serves through 2017

Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, serves through 2018


Scott Allard, University of Washington, serves through 2018


Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research, serves through 2017

Chair, Committee of Institutional Representatives: 

Patty Troppe, Westat, serves through April 2019

JPAM Editor: 

Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut

Past Presidents:

The Journal of Policy Analysis & Management (JPAM) has published the APPAM Presidential address since 1988. Each president's remarks have been printed in the year following their term. You can download their remarks (provided in PDF format) by following the link embedded within each name or read the entire JPAM issue online through the link provided. (Please note that the 1995 remarks were those of Past President Donald Stokes, who presided as APPAM President from 1984-1985.)

Paul T. Decker, 2012-2013 (JPAM Vol 33, issue 2)
Sandra Archibald, 2011-2012
Richard Burkhauser, 2009-2010 (JPAM Vol 30, issue 2)
Alan K. Campbell, 1990-1991 (deceased) (JPAM Vol 11, issue 3)
John E. Brandl, 1986-1987 (deceased) (JPAM Vol 7, issue 3)
Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., 1985-1986
Donald Stokes, 1984-1985 (deceased) (JPAM Vol 15, issue 2)
Allan P. Sindler, 1983-1984 (deceased)
Otto A. "Toby" Davis, 1982-1983 (deceased)
William A. Morrill, 1981-1982
Charles Wolf, Jr., 1980-1981
Joel L. Fleishman, 1979-1980

APPAM Office Staff

Executive Director

TaraTara Sheehan has served as the Executive Director of the Association since 2010. In this role, she is the Chief Operating Officer and oversees all programs, services and the strategic direction for APPAM. Her responsibilities include oversight of all meetings and conferences, including the annual Fall Research Conference, attended by more than 1,750 academics, practitioners, researchers, and students who present original research at 250-plus sessions each November. She also manages APPAM’s finances, website, publications, awards, member services and all governance functions for the 2,000 member organization.  During her tenure, APPAM underwent its first ever strategic planning process, redesigned the website, established a social media presence, redesigned the logo, reduced the size of the governing board, increased the budget of the organization by 20%, increased its membership and made the organization more responsive to member needs. 
Previously, Ms. Sheehan was the Director of Membership and Marketing at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Her responsibilities included management of the annual conference, creation of content for the website, and management of a monthly magazine. Prior to RTDNA, Ms. Sheehan was the Membership and Marketing Director for the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), a trade association in Alexandria, VA. She has served as the number two staff position at both RTDNA and UMA and has a long history of association and non-profit management experience in the Washington, DC area.

Ms. Sheehan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Politics from New York University in 1998. She received a Master of Public Policy degree, with a concentration in Transportation Policy, from George Mason University in 2005.

Education and Conferences Manager

TristanneTristanne M. Staudt serves as the Membership, Marketing & Special Projects Manager for APPAM; she joined the Association in 2014.  She is responsible for membership services, recruitment efforts, and retention strategies of the organization. She oversees financial management reports and processes for APPAM and provides support at all APPAM conferences.

Ms. Staudt worked previously as the Membership Manager of Member & Council Relations at the American Medical Group Association, managing nine large networking councils of healthcare executives and serving as a first point of contact for all members. She also has additional membership and meeting support experience from other associations in the Washington, DC area.

Ms. Staudt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with dual majors in International Business and Marketing from The University of Toledo in 2009.


Membership and Administration Manager

Meghan_GrendaMeghan Grenda recently joined APPAM as the Membership and Administration Manager.  She is responsible for administration of all membership services, managing member recruitment and retention plans, and overseeing the tracking of membership reports and trends.

Previously, Meghan was Manager of Program Outreach and Coordination at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where worked directly with the association’s District Councils to help implement sustainable and healthy living programs at the local level.  Prior to ULI Meghan spent five years at the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) as Member Services Manager.  At NALP Meghan managed all member renewal and onboarding activities, coordinated annual member invoicing, and served as the first point of contact for all member inquiries.

Meghan is originally from Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University.  Post-graduation, she relocated to Washington, DC where she earned her Master of Public Policy Degree from George Mason University.


Meetings and Conferences Coordinator


Samantha Oliver recently joined APPAM as the Meetings and Conferences Coordinator in Spring 2016.  She is responsible for coordinating the logistics and providing support for all APPAM conferences and meetings.  She helps ensure that all events achieve APPAM’s goals and objectives.

Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University and moved back to the DC area after graduation.  She planned & executed over 300 events during her time as an event manager in Tysons, VA.  These events ranged from large-scale galas to small-scale meetings and everything in-between.

Program and Conference Coordinator
Headshot-_Leslie Leslie Ofori joined APPAM in July 2017 and serves as the Program and Conference Coordinator. As part of APPAM’s new partnership with ASHEcon, American Society of Health Economists, she splits her time between both organizations. She is responsible for helping coordinate ASHEcon’s Annual Conference, managing the awards submissions process, coordinating membership and marketing efforts andassists with APPAM’s program and membership management tasks.

Previously, Leslie worked as the Development Assistant at Jobs With Justice, where  she provided administrative support to the Development office and participated in all institutional advancement activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events coordination. Leslie moved to the District of Columbia after graduating from Loyola University in Maryland with a degree in communications. Prior to  Jobs With Justice, she worked as a contractor with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker, supporting grant application processing. She has also worked on campaigns to raise awareness about the impact of oil drilling in the Amazon, help immigrants navigate the judicial system and address the high school dropout crisis.
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