Introducing APPAM's 2014 Executive Leadership Team
November 19, 2013 09:31 AM
The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) recently held its annual Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. More than 1,700 members were in attendance during the three days of sessions, presentations, and meetings. You can find session summaries, video, and other updates on the website.
During the course of the conference, the Association’s new leadership council was announced.
Jane Waldfogel, a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, was introduced as the Association’s next President-elect. Waldfogel received her Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being. Her current research includes studies of work-family policies, improving the measurement of poverty, and understanding social mobility across countries. Waldfogel will oversee the 2014 Fall Research Conference.
"I am honored to be selected as President-elect and very much looking forward to the year ahead," said Waldfogel. "This is such an exciting time for APPAM and for public policy. We'll have a lot to talk about at the Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque next year."
Angela Evans, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, was introduced as APPAM’s new President. Evans spent the last year overseeing the program for the 2013 Fall Research Conference as APPAM President-elect. Evans joined the LBJ School as a clinical professor of the practice of public policy after serving 30 years in public service to the U.S. Congress. The last 13 of these years, she was the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service—the Legislative Branch agency created by the U.S. Congress to serve as its primary source for policy research and analysis. During her long career she worked with Members of Congress and their staffs on all major legislative deliberations, assisting them as they confronted some of the most critical and complex policy problems facing the nation.
Paul T. Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., will now serve one year as immediate Past President of the Association. Decker is a nationally recognized expert in the design, implementation, and execution of evaluations of education and workforce development programs. Driven by the belief that good policy is based on rigorous research and objective data, Decker combines his research expertise and business understanding in pursuit of Mathematica’s mission to improve public well-being. His presidential address, delivered to a packed house on Friday, November 8, was well-received by attendees at the recent Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC.
The next election for Policy Council members will be in December; members will be asked to cast votes by email. That election will include contested races for Secretary and Vice President of APPAM.