Angela Evans, Clinical Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, was introduced as the president-elect of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
APPAM is a premier non-profit member organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.
“On behalf of all of us at the LBJ School, I congratulate Angela on her recent election to one of the most influential and prestigious leadership roles among public policy and management focused associations,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
As the president-elect, Evans begins a three-year leadership commitment in which she will develop the 2013 annual conference in Washington, D.C. as well as serve as the representative of and spokesperson for the Association.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this important Association,” said Evans. “I will work hard to broaden access to the policy research and analysis conducted by its members, and I will continue to strengthen relationships and collaborations between academic communities and policy makers. The policy challenges we face as a country are increasingly complex and contentious making sound research and analysis all the more central. I believe APPAM and the work of its members can contribute substantive insights to those responsible for formulating and evaluating policies. I will focus my energies on strengthening these relationships.”
Professor Evans also has served on the Policy Council of APPAM since 2004. She has held a variety of positions in the organization, including Chair, Policy Relevance Committee, 2011-present; Nominating Committee, 2010-2014; Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2011; Program Committee, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and Executive Director, Search Committee 2009-2010.
Evans joined the LBJ School as clinical professor of the practice of public policy after serving nearly 40 years in public service to the U.S. Congress. The last 15 of these years she was the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS)—the Legislative Branch agency created by the U.S. Congress to serve as its primary source for policy research and analysis.
During her long career she worked with Members of Congress and their staffs on all major legislative deliberations, assisting them as they confronted some of the most critical and complex policy problems facing the nation. As Deputy Director she also led significant organizational changes that not only enhanced the research capacity of CRS but also improved the effectiveness of its operations, including: human resources; information resources; finance and budgeting; and technical systems. Among her achievements were the creation of unique management positions to lead the CRS’s research and analysis; the development and implementation of an agency-wide research agenda directly aligned with the legislative deliberations of the Congress; the development of new products and services, including the launch of a web site; the introduction of performance standards to evaluate the success of CRS; and the creation of the first federally funded succession plan to address the to address the potential retirement of a large cohort of the workforce.
Among her recent honors Professor Evans was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011 and served on the Business Model Task Force to review Academy operations and engagements. She was also elected to serve on the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and co-chairs the Policy Committee responsible for working to provide career pathways to federal public service for policy school graduates.
Professor Evans taught public policy and management as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. In addition to being a Clinical Professor at the LBJ School, Evans is also on the faculty of the Center for Health and Social Policy and a fellow with the Center for Politics and Governance.