APPAM Policy Council


The Policy Council is the Association's leadership team. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office; the APPAM officers (ex officio voting); the APPAM executive director and the editor of JPAM (ex-officio non-voting).

Since 2013, APPAM's individual members elect three new people to the Council each year while APPAM's institutional members elect one person to serve on the Council. The three-person cohort consists of: 1) a member working in an academic setting; 2) an early career member working in an academic setting (early career is difined as being withing 10 years of receipt of the terminal degree); and 3) a member working in a non-academic setting. To read about the roles and disciplines of these individuals, please visit the Bylaws page of this site.

The term is 4 years with elections held each December. Serving on the Council is a great opportunity to become more engaged in APPAM activities and make decisions that impact the strategic direction of the organization. The Policy Council meets twice a year and all Council Members serve on at least one committee throughout the year. The Policy Council is responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Between meetings of the Policy Council, the Executive Committee (the officers, the executive director, and the editor of JPAM) is authorized to make tactical and implementation decisions for APPAM.
APPAM is committed to building a culture of diversity in its leadership. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider running for the Policy Council. Nominations are open each summer.

Click here for a listing of APPAM Officers.

In addition to the Executive Committee, the members of the Policy Council are as follows:

Serving though 2019:

Jenni Owen, Roy Cooper, Office of Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina (researcher in an academic setting)
Kosali Simon, Indiana University (researcher in an academic setting)
Samuel Myers, University of Minnesota (institutional representative)
Stephen Bell, Westat (researcher in a non-academic setting)

Serving though 2020:

Keshia Pollack Porter, Johns Hopkins University (researcher in an academic setting, early career)
Dylan Conger
, George Washington University (researcher in an academic setting)

Heather Campbell
, Claremont Graduate College (institutional representative)

Molly Irwin
, Pew Charitable Trusts (researcher in a non-academic setting)

Serving though 2021

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, University of Pittsburgh (researcher in an academic setting)
Cynthia Osborne
, University of Texas – Austin (researcher in an academic setting)
Loren Trull Cox, KIPP Foundation (researcher in a non-academic setting)
Ashley Causey-Golden, Columbia University (student representative, serving through 2019)

Serving though 2022:

Click here for bios of the recently elected Policy Council members.

Heather Hill, University of Washington (researcher in an academic setting)
Bradley Hardy, American University (researcher in an academic setting, early career)
Liana Fox, Census Bureau (researcher in a non-academic setting)
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University (institutional representative)
Lauren Davis, Pardee RAND Graduate School (student representative, serving through 2020)


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