Professor Jane Fountain has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, which was chartered by Congress in 1967 as an independent body to help government leaders build more effective, efficient, accountable and transparent public sector organizations. Her induction took place on Nov. 15, 2012 during the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The National Academy relies on its fellows to conduct in-depth studies and analyses that anticipate, evaluate and make recommendations on crucial public management, governance, policy and operational challenges facing the federal government and public sector organizations. Fellows also provide technical assistance, Congressional testimony and participate in forums or conferences.
Fountain joins roughly 700 fellows that include members of Congress; federal and state cabinet members; federal department deputy and undersecretaries; governors; mayors; leading scholars; and chancellors, presidents and deans of colleges and universities. Fellows often are asked to lend their expertise on complex issues that require agreements and partnerships bridging government departments and agencies, and that sometimes necessitate public-private alliances. For example, National Academy fellows have helped create a management transformation plan for federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies and have established benchmarks for environmental programs that span federal, state and local sectors.
New fellows are elected by the entire membership after a rigorous nomination process each spring. For details of the NAPA fall meeting, see http://www.napawash.org/events/academy-2012-fall-meeting/