APPAM Announces New Policy Council and Executive Committee Members for 2014
January 16, 2014 09:58 AM
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has completed its member elections for the next cohort to serve on APPAM’s Policy Council. In addition to the election of a practitioner and two academic representatives, APPAM members also elected a new Vice President and Secretary of the organization’s Executive Committee. For the first time in the Association’s history, a student was appointed to serve as a member of the Policy Council.
The full list of newly appointed leadership and council members is below. Policy Council members will serve through 2017. The new Vice President and Secretary will serve a two-year term.
David S. Johnson, United States Census Bureau, is Chief of the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. He was elected as the junior Vice President of APPAM.
Johnson was with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1990 to 2006, and had been responsible for all production, development and dissemination of the Consumer Price Index program. While at BLS, he was involved in the Alternative Poverty Measurement program at the Census Bureau, co-authoring the first Experimental Poverty Measures report and assisted in many other Census Bureau reports. He was also active in the Interagency Technical Working Group to Improve the Measurement of Income and Poverty and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. His doctorate is from the University of Minnesota.
Matthew Stagner, Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, was elected as APPAM’s new Secretary. He will be responsible for keeping official minutes of the Executive Committee and Policy Council meetings, and also represents the Association in circumstances requiring official certification of APPAM activities.
Stagner directs the human services research in Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, evaluation design and methods and the role of research in policymaking. His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care or into employment and postsecondary education.
Sarah Cordes, a fourth year doctoral student at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, was selected in December 2013 by Paul T. Decker, then-President of APPAM, and Michael Shires, Chair of the Committee of Institutional Representatives. Cordes will serve as one of two student representatives on the Policy Council; the addition of student seats was a bylaws change decided by a vote of the APPAM membership last year.
Cordes is currently working on her dissertation, which examines how institutions and processes that interact with the public school system to influence student learning. Her research and teaching interests are in education and urban policy, housing, public finance, and applied statistics and econometrics. Cordes is also in her fourth year as an IES-PIRT Fellow, serving as a graduate assistant at the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU. She received her M.P.P. from Duke University.
Rachel M. Swanger, Associate Dean at Pardee RAND Graduate School, is the new Institutional Member representative on the Policy Council. She was elected by the Committee of Institutional Representatives at the 2013 Fall Research Conference.
Swanger contributed to RAND's series on nation-building, with chapters on Japan in America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq and on the role of health-sector reform in Securing Health: Lessons from Nation-Building Operations. Prior to joining RAND, she was Tokyo Program Director for Close Up, a nonprofit foundation at which she managed the U.S.-Japan Educational Initiative, a civic education exchange program for Japanese and American high school social studies and government teachers. From 1987 to 1992, she worked as a features and political reporter for the Sankei Shimbum in Tokyo, where she had the distinction of being the first non-Japanese ever admitted to the Prime Minister's Press Club. Swanger received her M.A. from John Hopkins University.
Charles L. Betsey, Interim Dean of the Howard University Graduate School, is the second of two new academic representatives on the Policy Council. He was re-elected by the APPAM membership for the position and will serve through 2017.
Betsey is also a Professor of Economics, and Co-Director of the Center on Race and Wealth funded by the Ford Foundation. Dr. Betsey is a former Chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University and an internationally recognized economist. His special interests lie in the development of underrepresented communities as well as in broader society. He also serves as Center Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Howard University Center on Race and Wealth. Betsey received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor at University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, is one of the two new academic representatives on the Policy Council. She was elected by the APPAM membership for the position and will serve through 2017.
Osborne is the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) and leads the evaluation of the development of a comprehensive early childhood system in seven counties for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of teacher quality, social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, family demography, and school entry among disadvantaged children. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, her M.P.P. from Harvard University, and her M.A.E. from Claremont Graduate University.
Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, was elected as the Policy Council’s newest practitioner representative. He was re-elected by the APPAM membership for the position and will serve through 2017.
Haskins is also a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and in 2002 was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. Haskins has also served as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and at Duke University, and as an editor and author of various publications. His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support, marriage, child protection, and budget and deficit issues. Haskins received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.