Four Maxwell Alumni Named NAPA Fellows
Four Maxwell School alumni are among 39 public
administration leaders who have been named 2021 National Academy of Public
NAPA is an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan
organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more
effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations. Induction into
NAPA is considered one of the leading honors for scholars in the discipline.
The new fellows join former cabinet officers, members of congress, governors,
mayors and state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives,
nonprofit leaders and public administrators.
The alumni inductees are:
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux ’03 Ph.D. (PA), who took
office in January 2021, representing Georgia’s 7th district. Just a few months
into her term, legislation she wrote passed both houses and was signed into law
by the president. In addition to the successful Paycheck Protection Program
Extension Act, she has introduced bills to support supply chain resiliency,
infrastructure and state and local COVID-19 funding flexibility. Bourdeaux
previously served as an associate professor at Georgia State University’s
Andrew Young School of Public Policy.
Nuria Esparch ’00 M.P.A., who served as Minister of
Defense of Peru. The first woman to hold the position, she was charged with
oversight of national security and the ministries of War, Navy and Aeronautics.
She previously served as vice minister for defense resources in the Ministry of
Defense of Peru; chief executive of the National Civil Service Authority; chief
of staff for the Office of the Vice Minister at the Ministry of the Interior;
and as secretary general at the Ministry of Agriculture, Labor and Employment
Promotion as well as at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations.
Amma Felix ’01 M.P.A., president and chief executive
officer of Collegiate Directions Inc., a nonprofit that helps low-income and
first-generation students plan for and succeed in college. Felix is also a
Maxwell Advisory Board member and a founding member of Chief, a network of
professional women. She previously worked for the United Negro College Fund,
rising from chief of staff to vice president, strategy and secretary of the
corporation. She also served as vice president for strategy management for the
Abyssinian Development Corp.
Shiro Gnanaselvam ’93 M.P.A., the chief executive
officer of Social Impact, a consulting firm that aids global development
organizations in improving health and education, reducing poverty and promoting
peace and democratic governance. Among other roles, Gnanaselvam previously
served as the chief operating officer of Africare, an organization that seeks
to improve the quality of life in Africa by addressing food insecurity, HIV and
AIDS, empowering women and expanding access to potable water.
Fellows are nominated and selected by rigorous criteria
including administrative experience, scholarly contributions to public
administration and ethical standards.
More than 60 Maxwell alumni and numerous past and present
faculty members have been named NAPA Fellows. Among them is Robert Bifulco, associate
dean, chair and professor of public administration and international affairs.
“This is a well-deserved honor for the latest Maxwell
inductees,” says Bifulco. “It is gratifying to realize how much our alumni
contribute to the academy’s mission.”
By, Jewell Bohlinger, 11/19/21