SPA Director and AFI Board Member Elected to National Academy

The ASU School of Public Affairs congratulates our school director and a board member of our Alliance for Innovation partnership on their recent election as new fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).  Karen Mossberger, Director and Professor of the School of Public Affairs and Darin Atteberry, City Manager of Fort Collins, CO were among the 50 new fellows who were inducted into NAPA in Washington, D.C. on November 17.

The academy is a non-partisan and non-profit organization chartered by Congress to provide expert advice to federal, state, and local governments through studies, technical assistance, Congressional testimony, and conferences.  The more than 800 members of NAPA include distinguished administrators, former elected officials and scholars. Membership in NAPA is an opportunity for the school and its partners, according to Mossberger, to further address pressing issues in governance at all levels, through use-inspired research and engagement with policymakers and administrators. 

Mossberger’s research focuses on digital government, digital inclusion, broadband evaluation, and local governance.  She has an article designated as one the 75 most influential articles in the first 75 years of Public Administration Review, and a Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s Public Policy Section.  Her work has appeared in journals and in presses such as Oxford, MIT, and Georgetown, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, among others.  Before finishing her Ph.D., she worked for the City of Detroit. 

Darin Atteberry is the City Manager for the City of Fort Collins, CO, a position he has held since December 2004. Prior to that, Atteberry served as the Fort Collins Assistant City Manager for more than 8 years.  As City Manager, he has led the city government through a time of transformational change, using a data-driven, performance based approach. Atteberry is an advocate for community collaboration and has built strong relationships with both public and private sector partners.  He is a board member of the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement and the Alliance for Innovation, a partnership between ASU, the International City-County Management Association, and The Innovation Groups, which has 400 member cities. 

There are now 6 faculty members in the School of Public Affairs who are NAPA fellows.  Mossberger joins Stuart Bretschneider, Foundation Professor; Barry Bozeman, Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management and Director of the Center for Organization Research and Design; Michael Crow, Professor and Arizona State University President; Jonathan Koppell, Elva and Lattie Coor Chair and Dean, College of Public Service and Community Solutions; and Thom Reilly, Director, Morrison Institute.