Steven D. Gold Award

About the Steven D. Gold Award

APPAM approved this award in 1997 when the Policy Council adopted a policy for the creation of awards in recognition or memory of a specific person. That policy states that the association will not use operating funds to support honoraria for such awards. Accordingly, this award does not offer an honorarium. This is the only award offered through APPAM that also is offered by other associations in the public policy and management field.

The Steve Gold Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. The award is given annually by APPAM, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Tax Association, in memory of Steve Gold, an active member of all three organizations whose career and life tragically were shortened by illness.

costrellThe 2020 Steven D. Gold Award recipient is Dr. Robert Costrell, whose career spans decades and success both in academia and state government. Dr. Costrell is the rare breed of scholar and public servant. His academic work as professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he authored a set of articles now seen as seminal in the economics of education, as well as his time as Endowded Chair in Education Accountability at the University of Arkansas, where he has focused his impactful scholarship primarily on public employee pensions is only matched by his work in state government. Working his way up from director of research and development all the way to special advisor to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Bob Costrell was, among others, an architect of the commonwealth's charter school funding formula, and an  implementer of MA's educational reforms, generally and specifically on funding that led to Massachusetts being held up as a model for equity in education spending. Dr. Costrell will be recognized at the 2020 Virtual Fall Research Conference during the Awards and Opening Plenary. 

Winners of the Steve Gold Award receive a plaque and recognition at the annual conference of the specific organization that chairs the selection committee. The sponsoring organizations rotate in chairing the selection committee. The sponsoring organizations rotate in chairing the selection committee. APPAM is convening the selection committee for the 2020 award. The selection committee may decide not to make an award in any particular year. NCSL gave the award in 2019. Nominations are welcome from any institution. Please send an email to Samantha Oliver Thomason at soliver@appam.org with a CV and a letter of recommendation by July 17, 2020.

Prior Recipients

(* denotes an APPAM award year)

  • 2019: David Teal, Alaska Legislative Finance Division
  • 2018: Therese McGuire, Northwestern University
  • 2017*: John M. Yinger, Syracuse University
  • 2016: Jonathan Ball, Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst
  • 2015: John Mikesell, Indiana University
  • 2014*: Ronald C. Fisher, Michigan State University
  • 2013: Stephen Klein, Vermont Joint Fiscal Office
  • 2012: David Sjoquist of Georgia State University
  • 2011*: Andrew Reschovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • 2010: Gary Olson, Director of the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency
  • 2009: George Zodrow, Rice University
  • 2008*: Elizabeth Hill, California Legislative Analysts Office
  • 2007: Robert Lang, Director of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
  • 2006: Gary Cornia, Brigham Young University
  • 2005*: Robert Strauss, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2004: David Crotts, Chief Economist, State of North Carolina Legislature
  • 2003: William Fox, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2002*: Helen Ladd, Duke University
  • 2001: Robert Keaton, Chief Budget Analyst and Director of the State Senate Fiscal Office, State of Louisiana
  • 2000: Robert Ebel, World Bank Institute
  • 1999*: Robert Greenstein and Iris Lav, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • 1998: Victor Vernon, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, State of Alabama
  • 1997: John Shannon, The Urban Institute