Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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I am pleased to tell you that I am a candidate for National Vice President of the American Society for Public Administration.

The election will be held from November 2 – 30, 2015.

I  want to thank the over 200 members from around the country and abroad who submitted recommendations and signed petitions for me, as well as the  leadership of the New York Metropolitan Chapter  for endorsing my candidacy.

My campaign is a dialogue about the future direction of our national organization; specifically, how ASPA can more forcefully advocate for the public service, provide more services to our members, and meet the challenges of the new digital age.

While there are two other candidates, I believe that I am the only candidate in this race with the experience, perspective and energy to turn ASPA around.

I am no stranger to ASPA. I joined ASPA when I was a graduate student at New York University.

I have held executive appointments in the administrations of Governors Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I am currently serving my 4th term on the ASPA National Council; have been President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter twice; chaired the very successful 2001 National ASPA Conference in Newark, NJ, as well as run committees dealing with chapter and section affairs and  professional development.

I have also represented ASPA at meetings of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). My career spans government, higher education and the non-profit sector, both as a practitioner and academic  –  and more importantly, as someone who knows how to get things done.  

ASPA’s membership now stands at 6450, the lowest since 1965. It was nearly 20,000 in the 1980s. We need leadership who will take positive action to reverse these alarming trends, and make this organization more relevant to students, new professionals and others.   

Please vote for my independent, reform candidacy for Vice President.  ASPA, yourself —  and the future of the public service – will benefit.

Thank you.            

Steve  Rolandi

 

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