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Eileen  Mason


 

Title:
Senior Deputy Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts

Graduate:
MPA
Eileen Mason is the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mason served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Council Arts and Humanities Council and served for 22 years as a manager and policy maker at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She has also served as Vice President for Grants, and on the Music Advisory Panel for the Maryland State Arts Council. Before entering Federal service, Mason worked as a book editor at Little, Brown in Boston and at Acropolis Books in Washington, DC. She received her Masters in Public Affairs from American University. Mason says of her graduate education, "The courses are realistic and practical: what one learns is what one does and encounters in Federal service. The courses give you the framework: why public administration in this country is characterized by merit, fairness, and representative democracy. I thought that a Masters in Public Administration attained through the Key Executive Program in the School of Public Affairs would give me the background and framework to better understand the underpinnings of public service and especially Federal service. I was correct, and entered the Senior Executive Service in 2001." Source: spa.american.edu/alumni_featured.php?ID=9

 

 

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