The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) today announced that 51 leaders in the field of public administration, including SMEA alum Michael Jacobson, have been selected for the 2019 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place November 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia. Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. A Fellows Nominating Committee, selected by the Academy’s Board Chair, makes its recommendations to the full Fellowship, which then votes on those individuals nominated to be a Fellow. The Committee was co-chaired by Academy Fellows Barbara Romzek, Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University and Nani Coloretti, Senior Vice President, Financial and Business Strategy, Urban Institute. The 2019 class joins more than 900 Academy Fellows – including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators.
Jacobson is currently the Deputy Director of Performance and Strategy for the King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. He is part of a team responsible for the county’s strategic plan, the Executive’s organizational performance management system, public performance reporting, and enterprise survey work such as the countywide employee survey—many of these now core features of the management system first established by Michael’s team.