Meet the 2013 Officers of the APPAM Policy Council
December 13, 2012 09:45 AM
At the conclusion of the 2013 election, the leadership of APPAM will cycle. The current APPAM President, Sandra Archibald, will become the Immediate Past President. The current President-elect, Paul Decker, will become APPAM President. Angela Evans will become the President-elect. The term for all three offices is one year.
Rotating off the Policy Council's Board of Directors will be Stephen Raphael, Senior Vice President and Sheena McConnell, Treasurer. Greg Acs will become Junior Vice President, Jens Ludwig will become Senior Vice President, Shelly VerPloeg will become Treasurer, and Janice Madden will become Secretary.
Paul Decker has been the President and CEO of Mathmatica Policy Research since 2007. He 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, Mr. Decker combines his research expertise and business understanding in pursuit of Mathematica’s mission to improve public well-being. [Read Paul's thoughts on his upcoming tenure as President of APPAM.]
Sandra Archibald is Dean of the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. She has served in several academic and faculty roles at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Stanford University Food Research Institute. She is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award of 2004 and the Humphrey Institute Outstanding Teaching Award of 1993. Outside of academics, Archibald is extensively involved in public service and research designed to support sound public policy and management decisions. She has made significant contributions to policy making and civic engagement in the United States and abroad. [View Sandra's keynote presidential address at the 2012 Fall Research Conference.]
Angela Evans is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She joined the LBJ School 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 (CRS)—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, Evans 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. [View an interview with Angela regarding her outlook at her next three years of service with the Association.]
Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is one of the nation's leading researchers, applying scientific tools to the study of social issues such as crime, poverty, and health. Ludwig is also the Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
Recently elected to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine, Ludwig’s research on the social determinants of health has focused largely on three areas: the prevention of violent crime, the effects of urban poverty on health and well-being, and the ways in which public policy affects health outcomes. A David N. Kershaw Award winner, Ludwig has also received the Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a visiting scholar award from the Russell Sage Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research working group on the economics of crime.
Gregory Acs is the Director of the Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. His research focuses on issues of social insurance, social welfare, and the compensation of workers. Recently, he completed a study of the factors contributing to persistently high unemployment in the U.S. and policy responses to that problem. In addition, Acs has studied the low-wage labor market, changes in welfare policies and how they have affected welfare caseloads and the well-being of low-income families, and how state and federal policies affect the incentives families face as they move from welfare to work. He is the author and co-author of numerous scholarly journal articles, policy papers and briefs, and also reports to federal agencies.
Before returning to the Urban Institute in 2012, Acs served as Unit Chief for Labor and Income Security in the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Health and Human Resources Division. In addition to his current position, he is a research affiliate with National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan and member of the steering committee for the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Research Network at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.
Michele (Shelly) Ver Ploeg is an economist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Assistance Branch, Food Economics Division. Her research focuses on obesity and food assistance program participation and on the well-being and health outcomes of children participating in the WIC program. She recently led a Congressionally mandated study on access to affordable and nutritious foods.
"It is an honor to be nominated as the APPAM Treasurer," said Shelly. "As an employee of a Federal agency, I consider APPAM to be a premier organization for policy-relevant research. I have been an active member for over 10 years and am deeply committed to the interdisciplinary research mission of the Association. I have served on the APPAM Policy Council as a practitioner since 2010 and on the APPAM Finance Committee for the past year. Service as the APPAM Treasurer will enable me to continue to work with colleagues to ensure the financial health of the organization so that the organization can meet its strategic goals."
Janice Madden is the Robert C. Daniels Foundation Term Professor of Urban Studies, Regional Science, Sociology, and Real Estate at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. She is a consultant and expert witness on behalf of local and federal governmental agencies and corporations on issues involving employment discrimination and affirmative action. Her research focuses on urban and regional economics and labor market analysis.