Policy Council

The Policy Council is the Association's leadership team. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office; the APPAM officers (ex officio voting); the APPAM executive director and the editor of JPAM (ex-officio non-voting).

Since 2013, APPAM's individual members elect three new people to the Council each year while APPAM's institutional members elect one person to serve on the Council. The three-person cohort consists of: 1) a member working in an academic setting; 2) an early career member working in an academic setting (early career is defined as being within10 years of receipt of the terminal degree); and 3) a member working in a non-academic setting. To read about the roles and disciplines of these individuals, please visit the Bylaws page of this site.

The term is 4 years with elections held each December. Serving on the Council is a great opportunity to become more engaged in APPAM activities and make decisions that impact the strategic direction of the organization. The Policy Council meets once per quarter and all Council Members serve on at least one committee throughout the year. The Policy Council is responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Between meetings of the Policy Council, the Executive Committee (the officers, the executive director, and the editor of JPAM) is authorized to make tactical and implementation decisions for APPAM.

APPAM is committed to building a culture of diversity in its leadership. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider running for the Policy Council. Nominations are open each summer.

Click here for a listing of APPAM Officers.

In addition to the Executive Committee, the members of the Policy Council are as follows:


Serving through 2024:


Lisa Gennetian, Duke University (researcher in an academic setting


Jason Coupet, Georgia State University (researcher in an academic setting, early career)

DMcCallum-12191 Diana McCallum, Mathematica  (researcher in a non-academic setting) 

Shazia Miller, Mathematica (institutional representative)

1671689240737 Eric Henderson, University of California, Los Angeles (student representative serving 2023-2024)


Serving through 2025:


Andrea Headley, Georgetown University (researcher in an academic setting)


Johanna Lacoe, University of California, Berkeley (researcher in an academic setting)


Aixa Cintron-Velez, Russell Sage Foundation (researcher in a non-academic setting) 


Maria Fitzpatrick, Cornell University (institutional representative)


Lauren Toppenberg, Columbia University (student representative 2024-2025


Serving through 2026:


Amy Ellen Schwartz, University of Delaware (researcher in an academic setting)


Sarah Cordes, Temple University (researcher in an academic setting, early career)


LaShawn Richburg Hayes, Insight Policy Research (researcher in a non-academic setting) 


TJ McCarthy, University of Southern California (institutional representative)



Serving through 2027:

Lindsey_Bullinger Lindsey Rose Bullinger, Georgia Institute of Technology (researcher in an academic setting)
Karin_Martin  Karin D. Martin, University of Washington (researcher in an academic setting)
Jonathan_Schwabish Jonathan Schwabish, Urban Institute (researcher in a non-academic setting)
Phil_Armour Philip Armour, RAND Corporation (institutional representative)