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Outgoing President Angela Evans Looks Back at 2014

December 10, 2014 09:00 AM

APPAM's outgoing president, Angela Evans, took a few moments to look back at her term and share her thoughts on future challenges facing the Association, entering APPAM leadership roles, and her excitement for the organization's future.

"I want to thank Angela for her past year of service as APPAM's President," says Jane Waldfogel, who will officially step into the role as president in January 2015. "As the Association continues to position itself for the future, her leadership has helped strengthen and embolden all of us. On behalf of all of APPAM's members, I thank her for her tireless energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to working with her in her new capacity as Immediate Past President in the coming year."

Evans is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, joining the school after 30 years of public service to the United States 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.

Back in July, Evans was honored by Representative James P. Moran (D-VA) in the Congressional Record. During the second session of the 113th Congress, Congressman Moran rose and made several statements honoring Evans' career and achievements. "This remarkable woman merits our recognition and gratitude for her dedication and commitment to public service, serving more than 35 years at the Congressional Research Service."

"APPAM has given me the opportunity to appreciate the rigor in which policy research is undertaken," said Evans in an APPAM interview last year. "Most importantly, it has given me the ability to keep current on the state of the disciplines of policy analysis and management and a community in which I can share the challenges of using knowledge generated by this discipline to affect policy changes."

Evans shared her thoughts on the past, present, and future of public policy analysts and the Association in her Presidential Address, Reflections of an Accidental Analyst, given during the 2014 Fall Research Conference. The transcript of her address will be published in 2015 in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Evans begins her role as Immediate Past President in January 2015, replacing Paul Decker, CEO of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.


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