LBJ School to host Volcker Alliance government-to-university initiative | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Cover art from the Volcker Alliance Report Preparing Tomorrow's Public Service
Cover art from the Volcker Alliance Report "Preparing Tomorrow's Public Service."


The first stage of the initiative includes hosting four design sessions that bring university representatives and government practitioners together to identify best practices and explore opportunities for further collaboration.


NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 2018)—The LBJ School will host a regional collaborative design session Dec. 5-6 as part of the first phase of the Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative. The G2U Initiative focuses on building connections between government and universities to strengthen alignment on recruitment, skills development and research.

The Alliance has partnered with universities, civic groups and government agencies in four cities to conduct two-day roundtables to identify replicable best practices, initiate local cross-sector projects, and build a network of leaders committed to bringing the two sectors closer together.

"An effective government relies on great people and smart management practices. The G2U initiative seeks to build a strong community of practice to strengthen the pipeline of skilled talent into government and ensure that public policies and programs are helping inform and are improved by rigorous scholarly analysis," said Thomas W. Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance.

"This initiative not only marks a strong connection between the Volcker Alliance with the LBJ School," said Don Kettl, professor of public management at the LBJ School. "It's also an important part of the LBJ School's strategy of developing strong partnerships with government, nonprofits and the private sector. Those partnerships provide keen insights into how we can better prepare our students for public service—and for strengthening the impact of the research done by our faculty."

The first of these design sessions was held in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy on Oct. 16 and 17. Core partners for the other sessions include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), The University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The Lab at OPM and Federal Executive Boards.

G2U design session dates and locations include:

  • Oct. 16-17 – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oct. 24-25 – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Nov. 14-15 – Kansas City, MO
  • Dec. 5-6 – Austin, TX


Participants in the roundtable sessions include university administrators, faculty, students, recent graduates, program and hiring managers from all levels of government, good government allies and subject matter experts.

"These design sessions emphasize the importance of continued collaboration between universities and government and sustaining these local partnerships over time," said Dustin Brown, senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance. "Our goal is that by convening this diverse set of stakeholders we will help increase the flow of talent into government and generate impactful research that is mutually beneficial and supports overall government effectiveness."

For more information on the G2U initiative including a newly released Volcker Alliance report, "Preparing for Tomorrow's Public Service," please visit

The Volcker Alliance advances effective management of government to achieve results that matter to citizens. The nonpartisan Alliance works toward that objective by partnering with other organizations—academic, business, governmental and public interest—to strengthen professional education for public service, conduct needed research on government performance, and improve the efficiency and accountability of governmental organization at the federal, state and local levels. Visit to learn more. The Volcker Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization.

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