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Professor Angela Evans Selected as Next President-elect

November 19, 2012 10:31 AM

Angela Evans, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, was introduced as the Association of Public Policy & Management’s (APPAM) new president-elect at the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Evans replaces Paul T. Decker of Mathematica Policy Research, who was installed as the new President of APPAM.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this important Association,” said Evans. “I will work hard to broaden access to the policy research and analysis conducted by its members, and I will continue to strengthen relationships and collaborations between academic communities and policy makers. The policy challenges we face as a country are increasingly complex and contentious making sound research and analysis all the more central. I believe APPAM and the work of its members can contribute substantive insights to those responsible for formulating and evaluating policies. I will focus my energies on strengthening these relationships.”

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 (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 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.

“On behalf of the LBJ School, I congratulate Angela on her recent election to one of the most influential leadership roles among public policy and management focused associations,” said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School. “Angela, who has made an immeasurable contribution to the entire LBJ School community, now joins a very impressive and distinguished body of leaders in public policy education and research chosen for this critical role, a role in which she will no doubt excel.”

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.

As Deputy Director she led significant organizational changes that not only enhanced the research capacity of CRS but also improved the effectiveness of its operations, including: human resources; information resources; finance and budgeting; and technical systems. Among her achievements were the creation of unique management positions to lead the CRS’s research and analysis; the development and implementation of an agency-wide research agenda directly aligned with the legislative deliberations of the Congress; the development of new products and services, including the launch of a web site; the introduction of performance standards to evaluate the success of the Service; and the creation of the first federally funded succession plan to address the to address the potential retirement of a large cohort of the workforce.

Evans was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011 and served on the Business Model Task Force to review Academy operations and engagements. She has also served on the APPAM Policy Council since 2004. Evans has held a variety of positions within APPAM, including Chair of Policy Relevance Committee, 2011-present; Nominating Committee, 2010-2014; Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2011; Program Committee, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and the Executive Director Search Committee 2009-2010. In 2011, she served as the special editor to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management for submissions resulting from APPAM’s 2011 international conference.

In 2011, Evans co-chaired the Policy Issues Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and served on the 2012 Program Committee.

Evans previously taught public policy and management as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and holds a Master‘s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

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