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2015 Policy Council Voting Guidelines and Nominees


The Policy Council is the Association's governing board. 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).

The motion approved by the Policy Council in 2013 reduces the total size of the Policy Council from 43 to 29 members over a period of four years, which began in 2013. This reduction is achieved by reducing the annual flow of elected members from seven to four individuals. Among the four members, one is an elected, self-identified practitioner; one is an institutional representative selected by the Committee of Institutional Representatives; one is an academic, and one is an early career academic who is within 10 years of the receipt of their terminal degree. Finally, one student will be appointed annually to serve a two-year term; their appointment is by a committee co-chaired by the APPAM President and the Chair of the Institutional Representatives.

Please note that John Martinez was the only candidate from the Committee of Institutional Representatives and is not on this year's ballot; his statement is being included below to provide transparency and completion.

The membership is also being asked this year to vote on a resolution regarding open data access.

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.

The current Association Officers are:

President: Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
President-elect:  Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution
Immediate Past-President: Angela Evans, University of Texas at Austin

How to Vote

Voting on the proposed resolution and for the next Policy Council cohort, which serves from 2015 to 2018, will begin December 15. The election will conclude at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on January 14, 2015. This year, elections are also being held for the Association's positions of Vice President and Treasurer. (See the Officer Position page for a detailed description of the positions.)

Follow the links below to the list of all nominees on this year's ballot. All current professional members received e-mailed instructions on how to vote. If your membership has lapsed, you did not receive an e-mail with voting instructions. If you want to check the status of your membership, you can do so here. If you have not received an e-mail and feel that your membership is current, please contact Tara Sheehan.

Leadership Nominees

Practitioner Nominees

Academic Nominees

Early Academic Nominees

Institutional Member Representative

Resolution on Open Data Access

Members are to vote 'yes' or 'no' on the following resolution. By voting 'yes,' the resolution will be used to help further efforts to access administrative data for research purposes on a timely basis.

"We ask our colleagues in federal, state and local governments to facilitate open access to administrative data, with appropriate protections for confidentiality, but also support for linking across datasets. We ask them to ensure that researchers have timely access to the data necessary to support research that produces benefits for the government agencies and the public. Without access to timely data, research can be compromised, contributing to inferior analysis and public policies that fail to meet the public interest."

Leadership Nominees

The following is a list of nominees for APPAM's Officer Positions of Vice President and Treasurer. The President-Elect was selected by the Nomination Committee, co-chaired by Paul Decker and Sandra Archibald, and voted by acclamation at the 2014 Fall Research Conference Membership Meeting. His statement is being presented for transparency and completeness.

Please note that only minor editing was done to the nominees' statements, to provide site style and format consistency.

President-Elect Nominee (Uncontested; serves a 1-year term)

Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution

haskins_ron_1x1I am greatly honored by my nomination as the President–Elect of APPAM. As the premier policy research organization in the nation now and for many years in the past, it is a privilege to serve in any leadership position in APPAM. I thank the current leadership and, hopefully, the members of APPAM for their confidence in me.

My major duty this year is to plan, in consultation with many members of APPAM, our annual conference in Miami next November. Although I welcome comments and suggestions from all members, my thinking now is that the theme of the Miami conference will be evidence-based policy. I may be somewhat biased in this selection because I have just published a book on this topic, but I have been in Washington, DC for nearly three decades and I have never seen as much interest in using evidence to inform policy as there is now. In addition to several books on evidence and policy in the last two or three years, including Jim Manzi’s Uncontrolled, Judy Gueron and Howard Rolston’s Fighting for Reliable Evidence; Peter Orszag and Jim Nussle’s edited book Moneyball for Government, and my book with Greg Margolis Show Me the Evidence, there are numerous speeches, conferences, and at least one hearing on the role of evidence in policymaking. Perhaps most notable of all is the bipartisan proposal by Paul Ryan, the new Republican Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, to establish a commission on the use of federal data sets to provide evidence on the success (or not) of federal programs. Adding to this profusion of interest in evidence are the numerous experiments in paying for success programs (also known as social impact bonds) now being conducted in four states and being planned in at least ten additional states. Further, the Results First network of states sponsored by the Pew and MacArthur Foundations are using the results of rigorous evaluations to drive funding priorities for social programs. These various activities make it easy enough to conclude that we are in the golden age of evidence-based policymaking.

Reviewing these elements of the evidence-based movement suggests several topics for symposia at the Miami conference. These topics include implementation of evidence-based policy, the status of the paying for success initiatives, uses of evidence by states in the Results First initiative, and the role of random assignment in the evidence-based movement.  In organizing these symposiums, APPAM leadership will be certain to include voices of skepticism. Other potential topics for symposia include the status of research on the impacts of early childhood programs, the impacts of the new home visiting programs being supported and evaluated by funds from an Obama initiative, the role of Foundations in implementing an evidence-based agenda, and the role of scholars in the evidence-based movement.

Conference submissions will be organized around the same policy areas as submissions to the Albuquerque conference.

The APPAM staff and leadership are looking forward to another terrific conference in Miami in 2015 with substantial attendance by our members and an interesting set of symposia and other speakers. Again, I welcome comments and suggestions from members on any issue related to the conference.

Vice President Nominees (1 is elected for a 2-year term)

Mark Long, University of Washington

Mark_LongI am excited about the possibility of serving as Vice President of APPAM. APPAM is my scholarly home. I have been an active member of the Association since 1995 (when I first attended the Fall Research Conference as a MPP student). I have served APPAM in several capacities including on the APPAM Policy Council and Chair of the Membership Committee (2013-Present), the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management's Managing Editor (2008-11) and Co-Editor (2008-Present), and the APPAM program committee for the fall conferences in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

My research examines the effects of public policies (particularly education policy) on economic opportunity and efficient social mobility, with emphasis on estimating the benefits and costs of those policies. My dissertation won APPAM's 2002 Ph.D. Dissertation Award and I have received both the 2008 Palmer O. Johnson best paper award from the American Educational Research Association and the 2014 Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis (co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration). More information about my scholarship can be found online.

I would like to work with APPAM to balance the Association’s attention to all phases of the policy cycle, including the political and social processes that produce policy, the implementation and management of policy, and the evaluation of the impact of policy. Through my work with APPAM and JPAM, I have sought to promote this balance. Also, I want to see APPAM expand its presence in policy areas where it is currently less influential, and at the same time maintain its traditional strengths in particular policy areas. I want to ensure that APPAM maintains and improves its connection to policymakers and public administrators. I hope to continue this work to balance and broaden the size, scope, and importance of the Association.

Michael Shires, Pepperdine University

Michael_ShiresBecause of APPAM's unique commitment to fostering collaboration between scholars and practitioners, I am excited and honored to be nominated as a candidate for vice president. Both my professional work and my 22+ years of APPAM involvement have been focused on this aspect of its mission. To that end, I have served in many ways within APPAM, including as institutional representative (more than 16 years for two institutions); member of the APPAM Dissertation Award Committee; Fall Conference Program Committee Section Chair; member of the APPAM Policy Council and Executive Committee; and Secretary, Vice-chair and Chair of the Council of Institutional Representatives.

As the current Institutional Representatives Chair, I am proudest of our progress in building new data infrastructures to better understand our profession and membership and APPAM's emphasis on finding new ways to serve the profession. For example, the last Spring Conference focused on improving the employability of public policy graduates and next year's Spring Conference will focus on improving the creation of relevant and germane research by policy scholars and increasing its use by policy makers.

My diverse background as a Ph.D. graduate in public policy analysis (PRGS), as a professor at an MPP-granting school (Pepperdine), and as a former fellow at RAND and the Public Policy Institute of California brings a unique combination of perspectives to APPAM's leadership. My policy work spans the politics and finance of state and local government, education finance and governance, and economic development. It also positions me as a practitioner who works with local governments and community organizations to create new economic opportunities, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

APPAM has a great legacy as an organization that values and promotes inclusiveness, professionalism, and opportunity and I would be honored to help carry that history forward as Vice President.

Treasurer (Uncontested; serves a 2-year term)

Robert Kaestner, University of Illinois-Chicago

KaestnerRobert_6_13I am delighted to be nominated as Treasurer of APPAM. I greatly value the opportunity to work on behalf of the APPAM membership to advance APPAM's goal of “improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education. As a current member of both the APPAM Policy Council and the Finance Committee, I have gained an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Treasurer, and this experience provides a strong foundation for me to successfully take on the duties and responsibilities of Treasurer. In addition, I believe I have the financial acumen and administrative skills to be successful.

As a member of the Finance Committee, I helped the Chair, Michele Ver Ploeg, and other committee members develop the policy that was eventually adopted by APPAM of obtaining insurance for the financial liability associated with the Fall Research Conference, and to implement an investment strategy policy for APPAM. If elected, I will work to insure that the finances of APPAM continue to be managed responsibly. I will work with the President and executive bodies of APPAM to provide timely, transparent budgets, to carry out the required tasks of Treasurer during the year necessary to maintain the fiscal soundness of APPAM, to review and report on the financial management policies of APPAM, and to develop an investment plan for APPAM reserves.

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Practitioner Nominees (1 is elected for a 4-year term)

The following is a list of practitioner nominees for the APPAM Policy Council. 

Please note that only minor editing was done to the nominees' statements, to provide site style and format consistency.

Dan Bloom, MDRC

Bloom_D_3319_largeI am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the APPAM Policy Council. I have worked at MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, for more than 20 years. During that time, I have led studies focusing on a wide range of public systems, disadvantaged populations, and policy/program types. Currently, I direct one of MDRC's five policy areas, covering studies of interventions for groups facing serious barriers to steady employment, including people with criminal records, individuals with disabilities, disconnected youth, and others. I have authored or co-authored more than 40 research reports as well as chapters in several published volumes on workforce and youth policy.

In addition to MDRC, I have worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, DC-based policy analysis and advocacy group, and America Works, a company that helps welfare recipients and other disadvantaged people find and hold jobs. I have presented at the APPAM Fall Research Conference several times, and I have also reviewed paper submissions for the conference. I have always admired APPAM for its efforts to bring together practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. If elected to the Policy Council, I would like to help APPAM further promote research that speaks to the needs and interests of program operators and public officials.

Mary Daly, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Mary_Daly_Headshot_2I am honored to be considered for the practitioner position on APPAM's Policy Council. Since receiving my Ph.D. in economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, I have devoted my career to bringing research to public policy development and implementation. My commitment to evidence-based policy making is reflected in my long tenure at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco where I support the bank's monetary policy function as Senior Vice President and Associate Director of Research.

My research interests include a range of topics core to APPAM's mission including the economic well-being of vulnerable Americans, the effects of state and federal policies on individual and household behavior, and the development of substantive and sustainable public insurance and support programs. In these areas I have authored numerous scholarly articles, policy briefs, and books and have served as an adviser to organizations including the Social Security Administration, the Congressional Research Service, and the Congressional Budget Office. As a long-standing affiliate of APPAM I have great regard for the organizational commitment to promoting productive dialogue among researchers, practitioners and thought leaders from universities, government, public, and private institutions. I strive to mirror that diversity of views through my formal affiliations as a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Institute for the Study of Labor, member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisors, and Visiting Fellow of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy Research at the University of Southern California. If elected to the Policy Council I will continue to support and advance the goals of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and practice on policy issues important to both national and global well-being.

H. Elizabeth Peters, The Urban Institute

petersI have been active in APPAM for more than 20 years, and I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Policy Council. I have had jobs in both the practitioner and academic worlds, so I have an understanding of the importance of both, and how the two connect. I have been the APPAM institutional representative for both the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, where I taught for 17 years, and for my current job as the Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute.

My primary area of interest and expertise is family policy, and my research has included topics such as exploring how child care policies affect work-family balance and child well-being, and the role of child support and welfare policies in child well-being and father involvement. My research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals in economics, demography, and public policy, and I am the co-editor of the volumes Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities (2009) and From Welfare to Childcare: What happens to Infants and Toddlers when Single Mothers Exchange Welfare for Work (2006). I am currently co-PI on a project exploring promising practices for involving fathers in home visiting programs. For more than ten years I was a partner in the NICHD funded Family and Child Well-being Network. I directed the Network's fatherhood efforts, and was a member of the steering committee that guided the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics' Nurturing Fatherhood initiative.

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Academic Nominees (1 is elected for a 4-year term)

The following is a list of academic nominees for the APPAM Policy Council. 

Please note that only minor editing was done to the nominees' statements, to provide site style and format consistency.

Sherry Glied, New York University

gliedI am very pleased to have been nominated as a candidate for the APPAM Policy Council. My career has spanned academia and government service. In August 2013, I became the Dean at NYU/Wagner, after having spent many years as a professor of health policy, recently (2010-2012) serving as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the Department of Health and Human Services, and earlier serving as a senior economist for labor market and health policy at the Council of Economic Advisers (under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton). My own research focuses on the economics of health insurance and mental health policy.

At ASPE, I worked with policy researchers across a wide range of topical areas, including homelessness and housing policy, welfare policy, pharmaceutical regulation, public health policy, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I worked with researchers inside and outside government, with varied disciplinary training, methodological approaches, and sectors of employment. That experience renewed my conviction that high quality, innovative, policy research is critical to our ability to meet the challenges of our society and economy, both in the U.S. and around the world. The relationship, I'm convinced, works in both directions--close engagement with the world of public policy making can provide researchers with new insights and enrich the quality of our work.

In the past year, I have worked with APPAM on an initiative to improve the connections between the federal government and policy researchers. I also coordinated a special session for the Fall Research Conference in 2014, and have participated in many APPAM conferences in the past. I'm also an active member of AcademyHealth and am interested in working with the Policy Council to explore how APPAM might engage further with that organization.

Paul Jargowsky, Rutgers University

jargowskyI am grateful for the opportunity to stand for election to APPAM’s policy Council. I have been involved with the Association since I was a graduate student in the 1980s, and it has been a pleasure to watch as it has grown and prospered. My research focuses on inequality, the spatial concentration of poverty, segregation by race and class, and disparities in educational attainment. I served previously on the Policy Council (2001-2004), the Committee on the Future of the Fall Research Conference, and the Program Committee, not to mention attending nearly every Fall research conference for three decades. Because APPAM has played such a central role in my intellectual development, and that of my students, I am committed to working for the organization’s continued progress and development. As a member of the policy council, I would seek to broaden and diversify the institutional membership and increase opportunities within the organization for graduate students and junior faculty.

Trina Shanks, University of Michigan

TAC_Photo_ShanksAs an active member of APPAM for 8 years, I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Policy Council. As a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, my primary research interest is in how public policies promote economic security generally and opportunity for children, especially those from low-income families. I have conducted research examining the impact of household wealth on child outcomes, evaluated Detroit's summer youth employment programs, and helped design and study child savings account interventions. I have given Congressional testimony on the topic of building assets for low-income families and from 2010-2012 served as an appointed member of the Governor's Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity in Michigan.

I strongly support APPAM's strategic objectives of promoting greater integration across silos, increasing the policy relevance of our work, and expanding active membership, particularly among students and diverse partners. If elected to the Policy Council, I will work to support and advance these goals. In particular, I already work closely with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and have been a part of its Experts of Color Network. I can reach out to this group of 180 plus scholars, activists and practitioners to invite them to connect with APPAM and participate in the annual conferences. On the panels I chair and submit, I have invited government employees and practitioners to present and serve as discussants. It would be a pleasure to explore ways for APPAM to have greater connections with policymakers and practitioners, both formally via the annual conferences and journal submissions, but also through informal and virtual forums.

Sarah Stafford, College of William & Mary

Sarah_StaffordI am pleased to be considered for the APPAM Policy Council. I am the Director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy and a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary. I also hold a joint appointment with the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. I am a regulatory economist and my research focuses on environment issues, primarily assessing industry responses to environmental regulations and the role voluntary environmental initiatives in increasing environmental protection. I have taught both core courses (Microeconomics for Policy Analysis, Policy Research Seminar) and electives (Regulation of Markets, Economic Analysis of the Law) in our Master’s in Public Policy program.

I have participated in a number of APPAM conferences as a paper presenter, discussant, and, more recently, as the institutional representative for the Jefferson Program--but I would like to strengthen my involvement in APPAM. I am interested particularly in representing smaller programs on the Policy Council. I've just rotated off the Board for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and would welcome to the opportunity to enhance linkages between APPAM and the environmental economics community.

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Early Career Academic Nominees (1 is elected for a 4-year term)   

The following is a list of early academic nominees for the APPAM Policy Council. 

Please note that only minor editing was done to the nominees' statements, to provide site style and format consistency.

Jason Fletcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

fletcherI am very excited by the opportunity to serve on the APPAM Policy Council. I have been attending and presenting in APPAM since 2005, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin and have been a regular participant since then as a presenter, session organizer, program committee member/reviewer, and discussant. It is the conference I look forward to each year because of its focus on policy issues, the opportunity to have interdisciplinary discussions, and the ability to gain depth and breadth of understanding of current policy issues. I have also enjoyed attending the spring conference that focuses on pedagogical topics and the labor market opportunities for policy analysts (including my students).

As an Associate Professor of Public Affairs (and also sociology, applied economics, and population health sciences) at the University of Wisconsin, I examine a host of policy topics, with a particular focus on health and education policy; my publications in JPAM have ranged from evaluating potential spillover effects of classmates on special education policies and a point-counter point discussion about the impacts of soda taxation on health that summarized and extended a series of papers I (and co-authors) published in economics, policy, and public health journals. I am also a co-editor and managing editor of JPAM, which is allowing me to gain a broader look at the many topics and diverse approaches taken by a variety of disciplines submitting to our interdisciplinary journal.

Indeed, I am enthusiastic about interdisciplinary approaches--I have published papers in economics, sociology, political science, and medical/public health journals, and have regular co-authors from all of these disciplines. If elected to the Policy Council, I will enthusiastically continue to support the inclusion of a diversity of perspectives, disciplines, scientific approaches, and policy-relevant topics to APPAM.

Qin Gao, Fordham University

Qin_GaoI am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the Policy Council and am determined to serve with passion and dedication and always with members' concerns and interests in mind if elected. My research centers on the impact of social policies on poverty, inequality, and family economic and subjective well-being, most notably in China but also comparatively with the United States, South Korea, Vietnam, and various OECD countries. I received my Ph.D. (with Distinction) from Columbia University in 2005 and have since been a faculty member at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. I have published over 30 articles in interdisciplinary professional journals (including JPAM) or as peer-reviewed book chapters and have served as a reviewer for many top social policy journals.

APPAM has been one of my favorite professional organizations and its Fall Research Conference has definitely been my favorite professional conference. Having been a member and regular participant of APPAM fall conferences since 2003, I have greatly enjoyed and benefited from how it effectively connects academia, think tanks, and policymakers and promotes policy influence through empirical, rigorous, and multidisciplinary research. Since 2007, I have successfully organized multiple sessions on international social policies, especially on developing or transitional countries, and have served as a chair or discussant in addition to presenting papers. I have also been delighted to see a rapid increase in diversity among APPAM membership during the past 11 years. It would be my great honor to represent members of Asian ethnicity as well as members interested in international social policies to help make APPAM a more diverse, engaging, stimulating, and influential organization.

Seth Gershenson, American University

GershensonSeth Gershenson is an Assistant Professor in American University's School of Public Affairs. He has been in this position since earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2011. His scholarship addresses issues in K-12 education policy regarding the resilience of achievement gaps between students of different demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, summer learning loss, teacher labor markets, parental involvement, and accountability policy. Much of his research is interdisciplinary and cuts across many of APPAM's policy areas. Gershenson's research articles have been accepted for publication in the American Education Research Journal, Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, and Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. His research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the W. E. Upjohn Institute. Gershenson has presented his research in numerous scholarly conferences and has been an active member of APPAM for several years, during which he has participated in the Fall Research Conference as a discussant, session chair, paper presenter, and session organizer. Gershenson has also presented his work to practitioners. For example, he recently presented his research on summer learning to a large local school district at the superintendent's request.

Regarding professional service, he is an active member of the academic community, having recently served on the program committee of the 2015 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) annual conference and having reviewed submissions to the 2015 AERA annual meeting. At American University, Gershenson organizes his department’s weekly research seminar series and frequently collaborates with, and advises, doctoral students. If elected to serve as an Early Career Academic on the Policy Council, his continued dedication to teaching, research, and service to the profession will support APPAM's mission of improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

Leigh Graham, John Jay College

Leigh_Graham-Headshot_Large-2014I am honored to be considered for APPAM's Policy Council. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a doctoral faculty member in Environmental Psychology at The CUNY Graduate Center, both of the City University of New York. My research explores the contentious politics of urban development, including in disaster recovery policymaking and urban sustainability policy efforts. My research is featured in leading urban journals that reach academics and practitioners; I have also contributed pieces on poverty, inequality and disaster recovery to political blogs, including TPM Café and as the former and founding Editor of the Poverty in America blog at, one of the leading on-line social activism sites. My research complements my advisory work on disaster reconstruction and economic development; past clients include The Ford Foundation, Oxfam America, and The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. I earned my Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT, and an MBA from NYU. I am an active member of the Urban Affairs Association and have prior governance experience as a former Board officer of a Boston-area non-profit.

I take a special interest in APPAM on behalf of John Jay; we are expanding our policy offerings to our graduate students in public administration and see APPAM as an important source of research, best practices, and professional development for faculty and students. Our department is one of the largest and most diverse in APPAM; I see our diversity and justice policy core competencies as unique offerings for APPAM. If elected to the Policy Council, I will provide responsible and strategic oversight to APPAM, champion diversity in the policy professions, and offer expertise on sustainable urban development.

Dan Smith, New York University

Dan_SmithI am honored to have been nominated for the early career academic position on APPAM's Policy Council. I study state government budgeting and financial management, and my research focuses on the effects of state fiscal institutions and the policy implications of how states accumulate and use fund balances in state rainy day funds, unemployment trusts, and pension funds. I have published in JPAM, I have presented my work or served as a discussant at APPAM's research conference annually since 2009, and in 2014 I served on the conference's program committee.

In addition to maintaining an active research program, I have extensive experience serving membership associations. For the past three years I have served on the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's (ABFM) member-elected Executive Committee, and in 2014 I was elected Vice Chair of ABFM (effective January 1, 2015). In 2012, I was chair of the committee that hosted ABFM's first-ever New York City meeting. In addition, I currently serve as ABFM's representative to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), which consults the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on technical issues and the Board's agenda.

Finally, I also have experience serving a not-for-profit organization in a fiduciary role. For four years I was Treasurer and Chair of the Assets and Liabilities Management Committee of the Board of Directors of the New York University Federal Credit Union (NYUFCU). NYUFCU is an independent and federally regulated not-for-profit financial institution, and in my roles I was responsible for overseeing approximately $14 million in assets.

If elected to APPAM's Policy Council, I would utilize my experience and expertise to advance the Association's mission while building bridges to other professional associations of which I am a member, especially ABFM. Thank you for your consideration.

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Institutional Member Representative (Uncontested, serves a 4-year term)

John Martinez, MDRC, ran uncontested at the 2014 Fall Research Conference to represent the Committee of Institutional Representatives and as such, is not on the ballot. He will begin his term with the Policy Council in mid-January, along with the three member-elected representatives. His statement is being presented for transparency and completeness.

John Martinez, MDRC

MartinezI consider it an honor to be nominated to the APPAM Policy Council. I am currently MDRC's Deputy Director of Program Development. In that role, I focus on developing and implementing rigorous evaluations of interventions targeted to adults and youth disconnected from the labor market. I spend a lot of time in the field, working closely with program administrators and staff, providing me with an opportunity to witness how social policy is put into action on the ground.

My interest in policy predates my 17 years at MDRC, however: I began my career as a food stamp eligibility worker, and, I also worked at an alcohol and drug treatment center and a community mental health center. These experiences, though rewarding, showed me firsthand the shortcoming of programs not designed to allow for continuous improvement and learning — highlighting the need for good evidence-based social policy, a focus that drew me to MDRC and APPAM.

I am a long-time APPAM member; attending the annual conference is something I look forward to every year. In fact, my first presentation as an MDRC researcher was at an APPAM conference nearly 15 years ago. I just completed a term on the APPAM Policy Council and had the privilege of chairing the Diversity Committee.

Having represented MDRC as our Institutional Representative to APPAM for many years, I would welcome the opportunity to represent all Institutional Representatives on the Policy Council. Being elected would allow me bring my professional and personal perspectives to the important work the Association is engaged in. I am especially excited about the chance to continue working with the Diversity Committee as APPAM considers new strategies to increase the diversity of those engaged in policy research. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

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