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Patricia Yearwood, Longest Serving Staff Member in ASPA History, Leaving Society

Washington, DC–After 30-plus years of service to the American Society for Public Administration, Patricia Yearwood is ending her long career with ASPA. Earlier this year, ASPA began a process of reallocating staff resources to more effectively work toward our strategic imperatives.  After much discussion and consideration, Patricia decided that the new role she was asked to take on at ASPA was not a good fit for her.  Fortunately, because Patricia and ASPA are parting on good terms, she has agreed to work with ASPA on future special projects.  In addition, she has indicated that she will be volunteering with the recently revitalized National-Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of ASPA.

ASPA Executive Director Antoinette Samuel said “Pat’s contribution to ASPA over the years is exceptional. She can leave ASPA knowing that her long term commitment to our Society will have a lasting impact. To say that I will miss her is an understatement, but we will build upon her legacy and work to make ASPA the best we can be. We thank Pat, and wish her success and happiness for the future.”

ASPA President Tom Liou remarked that “Pat’s involvement with our chapters and sections has been respected and recognized by our leadership.”  Liou added, “For many members, she was the face and voice of ASPA.  We appreciate her long-term commitment to ASPA and wish her best in the future.  She will always be a treasured member of the ASPA family.”

After beginning her career with ASPA as a part-time membership assistant, Patricia held a variety of positions, including the last six years as Senior Director of Membership Services.  In recent years, Patricia has been instrumental on several initiatives, including:

  • Reviving the National Public Service Awards;
  • Upgrading our membership database;
  • Developing the group membership category; and
  • Helping resuscitate local chapters.

As Patricia’s supervisor for the last four years, ASPA Deputy Director Matt Rankin learned first-hand about the impact she had on ASPA.  “Her willingness to take on any task is one of her greatest assets.  Everyone on staff has looked to her for her advice and knowledge about the society and the needs of our members.  Her loyalty and dedication to our members will not be forgotten.”

When asked what she enjoyed the most about working with ASPA, Patricia immediately lit up as she recalled how much she enjoyed the Annual Conference and seeing our members in person.  She also revealed that she treasures the relationships and friendships she built with our members and that she will miss those the most.

We will miss her too.  To thank Patricia for her years of service, and to help ensure her continued involvement, ASPA will provide her with a complimentary lifetime membership in the Society.



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