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ASPA Presents Multiple Awards on Day Four of National Conference

See today’s photo montage for coverage of yesterday’s events.

Las Vegas–Monday marks the fourth day of learning and networking hosted by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at its national conference.

The day begins with the Society’s Donald C. Stone Lecture, established in 1995 by ASPA’s Endowment to honor memory of this public administration legend, charter member and past president of ASPA. The event is sponsored this year by The Endowment, as well as the University of Pittsburgh-Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

This year ASPA is fortunate to have co-lecturers for this prestigious event–two bright stars in the public administration field and dedicated public servants within our ranks.

Camilla Stivers is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, where she held the Levin chair in Urban studies and public service for five years. Stivers has authored or co-authored several books including Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service (2008), which received the Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. Stivers was associate editor of Public Administration Review from 2000-2005 and is currently editor of the University of Alabama book series, Public Administration: Criticism and Creativity.

Cheryl Simrell King is a member of the faculty in the graduate Program in Public Administration at the Evergreen State College. She is co-author of Transformative Public Service: Portraits of Theory in Practice and Government is Us: Public Administration in and Anti-Government Era. King’s current public service work focuses on transformational sustainability in local governments (in partnership with the city of Olympia) and assisting local government officials in designing and implementing citizen engagement endeavors.

Both of these women have been identified in ASPA’s Section on Women in Public Administration’s (SWPA) Profiles of Outstanding Women in Public Administration.

After the lecture ASPA will present two of its most prestigious awards, the Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award and the National Public Service Awards.

After another round of the dozens of learning sessions presented at the conference, attendees will gather for the Monday Plenary. The topic the year is “The Road to Recovery is Paved With Public Servants” and will be given by Maria David-Evans.

David-Evans is the President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the longest serving Deputy Minister for the Government of Alberta. She will share from her 45 years of public service experience and her extensive academic background the competencies and skill sets essential for today’s public servants. Not only are these competencies crucial for bringing America out of recession, but indeed putting the world on the road to recovery. Experts claim that the global financial crisis can be traced back to serious structural problems in economic, financial and tax policies and regulations. In these extraordinary times, when political leaders are searching for creative solutions to complex and wicked problems, we need extraordinary public servants. We need public servants with excellent skills in policy development, outstanding policy implementation abilities, the know-how and innovation necessary to deliver vital public goods and services in our multi-stakeholder environment, to lead and undertake massive public sector transformations, and most importantly the courage to provide the hard truths and frank advice to our political leaders.

The day will close with a reception to honor the five winners of the National Public Service Award, who received their awards earlier in the day during the Stone Lecture. ASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) established the National Public Service Awards program in 1983 to pay tribute to exemplary public managers. For over 25 years, the award has reflected our pride in public service by communicating professionalism, encouraging excellence and promoting positive awareness of public administration.

The honorees are:

Donald J. Borut, Executive Director of the National League of Cities
Donald J. Borut, manages the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments. Borut has more than 40 years’ experience in municipal government and organizational leadership in the public interest sector. Prior to his NLC appointment in 1990, he was deputy executive director of the International City Management Association (ICMA), the nation’s preeminent organization representing professional administrators in local governments.

Nani A. Coloretti, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, Department of the Treasury
Nani Coloretti came to the Treasury Department following four years in San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office, initially as a policy advisor and then as the budget director for the final three years. While working in the Mayor’s office, she engaged stakeholders and leadership to create and implement San Francisco’s $6.5 billion annual budget, and developed programs and policies to carry out the Mayor’s priorities in several areas, such as health care and information technology.

Patricia Dalton, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Patricia Dalton assists the Comptroller General of the United States in providing leadership and vision for this legislative branch agency. She is responsible for day-to-day management to ensure that GAO, “the Congressional Watchdog,” effectively supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. Dalton oversees the development of more than 1,000 reports and testimonies to Congress each year.

Alina Hudak, County Manager, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Alina Tejeda Hudak has spent a career making Miami-Dade a stronger government for a better community. For 27 years, she has brought professional administration to the County’s leadership team, winning accolades and respect from national organizations, local community organizations and our 2.5 million residents. She has also been a trailblazer: the first woman to run one of the County’s major operational departments, the first Hispanic woman ever appointed as assistant county manager, and now the first woman to serve as County Manager.

Thomas Warren, Sr., President/Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Nebraska
Warren retired from OPD in 2008 and took over a struggling Urban League affiliate that had 8 full-time employees and was operating with a deficit. In 4 years, the agency has been revitalized with 24 full-time employees, a doubling of the operating budget and a cash reserve. The ULN administers programs in Education/Youth Development, Employment/Career Services and Violence Prevention. It is also a traditional Civil Rights organization and advocates for social justice.

Keeper of the Flame Award
Enid Beaumont, Independent Government Administration Professional
For over 55 years, Enid Beaumont has been an exemplar of distinguished public service and professional endeavors. Since retirement from full-time public administration responsibilities 16 years ago, Enid Beaumont has maintained an unbroken record as a “Keeper of the Flame” of professional public administration. She has particularly worked in leadership roles and in the trenches in support of ASPA and NAPA. She has also served in international development and adjunct professor roles.

Today’s Schedule-at-a-Glance
6:30am–5:00pm ASPA Registration
7:30–9:00am SWPA Breakfast
8:00–9:30am Sessions/Workshops
9:00am–3:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:45am–11:15pm Donald C. Stone Lecture
12:15–1:45pm Sessions/Workshops
12:15–1:45pm Ask An Expert Discussion Circles
12:15–1:45pm SuperSession: The Looming Nexus of Water, Energy and Telecommunications
2:00–3:30pm Monday Plenary
3:45–5:15pm Sessions/Workshops
3:45–5:15pm National Council Orientation
3:45–5:15pm Ask An Expert Discussion Circles
7:00–8:30pm Gala Receptions

See today’s photo montage for coverage of yesterday’s events.

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