Organizations Promoting Better
Leadership and Management in Government

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There are a number of non-profit organizations, communities of practice, and communities of purpose, and grassroots organizations that are working to build a better government by improving leadership and management at all levels.  The annotated list below is not comprehensive but highlights a number of groups--many founded by government employees--that are doing interesting and useful work.



Partnership for Public Service

Founded in 2001, the Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The Partenership has a wide range of programs, including several excellent leadership development programs. Thay also sponsor the well known "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" study.


Senior Executives Association

The Senior Executives Association is a nonprofit professional association that promotes ethical and dynamic public service by fostering an outstanding career executive corps, advocates the interests of career federal executives (both active and retired), and provides information and services to SEA members.


National Academy of Public Administration

Chartered by Congress in 1967, NAPA is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to the improvement of the management of government. They conduct studies and do other work to promote effective governance across all levels of government. The Academy has nearly 750 Fellows, who are mostly current and former senior executives in government, and former elected officials, and experts from academia.


The Public Sector Consortium

Community of purpose committed to aligning with "Government leaders in reshaping their organizations to create environments where citizens are served, employees thrive and excellence is a way of life."  Their members come from more than 15 Federal Agencies.  They published the article The Leadership Dilemma in a Democratic Society and also offer cost-effective training, coaching and other services to public sector leaders.


Senior Fellows and Friends

Senior Fellows and Friends is an evolving multi-sector network that is convened periodically by a U.S. Department of Education employee. Programming and participants have varied widely since 2003. "Senior Fellows" are graduates of the Council for Excellence in Government's Fellows Program who have opted in. "Friends" are equally valued others who want to participate in improving government by engaging in constructive conversation.



Phenomenally successful online community of practice that enables U.S. Army company commanders to share real world experiences and practices to help colleagues facing similar challenges.  Originally started as a grassroots web site by two company commanders who saw value in sharing ideas.  The secrets of success are nicely outlined in the book, Company Command: Unleashing the Power of the Army Profession.


Young Government Leaders

Interagency group of relatively new Federal employees.  Their mission is to "educate, inspire, and transform the future leaders of the Federal Government through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events and seminars."


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