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2017 NASPAA Annual Conference:
Rebuilding Trust and Revitalizing Public Service!

Over 650 people from over 20 different countries attended the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. October 11 - 14th, making it one of the largest in history. The important theme: Confidence in Public and Nonprofit Institutions: How is it Built, How is it Lost, and How is it Regained? was examined through four tracks. There were 84 panel sessions, 20 committee and section meetings, and three keynotes, totaling over 300 unique presenters.

Conference Highlight

Watch the entire speech by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden!

Former U.S. Vice President, Joseph R. Biden, spoke to NASPAA on Friday night to issue the Biden Initiative. His keynote called attention to the importance and relevance of the thought leaders in the room. Biden stated that NASPAA schools and faculty have the ability more than any other group to make an impact on the future of public service. He said, "you have the mission to promote and revitalize public service; it's part of what you do." He specifically challenged NASPAA schools to study and devise policies to revitalize the middle class. Calling this one of the greatest issues of our time, he asked, "What policy solutions do you propose to ensure Americans are growing and thriving in the middle class and continue to be relevant?" Looking to the future, what investments should be made, how should budget priorities be adjusted, and what should tax policy be? Biden held there was "a lot of brain power here" with the NASPAA audience and he looked forward to convening again in a year to share ideas and further study of income inequality and its public administration consequences. The Biden Initiative is sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Biden Institute.

In Case You Missed It - Highlights

The opening plenary keynote was Tonia E. Ries, Executive Director of intellectual property at Edelman. Tonia discussed Edelman's global annual study, the 2017 Trust Baro here
See slides from her presentation here.



The NASPAA Awards Luncheon on Thursday's keynote was Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. Tim reflected on lessons from his career working across all three sectors. See resources Tim shared for NASPAA students and faculty here.


Congrats to all the 2017 NASPAA Award Winners honored at Thursday's and Friday's luncheon.
  To view the photos from the entire conference here.
Watch a video: Coltrane Stansbury Rutgers Alumni & 2017 NASPAA Spotlight Award Winner
  Watch a video: Christopher Williams, El Monte Police: 2017 NASPAA's Alumni Spotlight Winner
To relive or see what you missed - check out more conference coverage produced by our social media partner American University here.


  The 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference app is available (for both desktop and mobile versions) here. You can see a list of conference attendees, sponsors, and any materials that presenters have uploaded.


2016 NASPAA Conference

October 19 - 21, 2016 | Columbus, Ohio

Grassroots Globalization: Teaching Good Governance and Values in a Connected World

View Final Program. Download the conference app by searching "NASPAA 2016" in App Stores to view agenda and available presentations materials.

Follow live social media coverage of the conference! Thanks to our social media partner, American University School of Public Affairs!

2015 NASPAA Conference
October 14 - 16, 2015 | Brooklyn, New York

Adding Value to Public Service Education through NASPAA

Read the opening remarks from keynote speaker Ban Ki-Moon

Final Schedule | Final Program

Follow live social media coverage of the conference! Thanks to our social media partner, American University School of Public Affairs!

2014 NASPAA Conference
November 4 – 6 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education

View the final PDF of the conference program

The 2014 NASPAA Annual Conference app is available (for both desktop and mobile versions) through November 2015 at

2013 NASPAA Annual Conference
Turning Outward: The Evolving Context of Public Service Education

View the final conference schedule and schedule-at-a-glance.


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