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2018 NASPAA Conference: Examining and Celebrating Public Service in a Disrupted World!

681 people from over 200 different universities from 24 countries attended the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, October 10 - 13th, making it the largest conference in NASPAA history! The important theme Making A Difference: Good Governance in Disrupted State(s) was explored. There were 95 panel sessions, 6 pre-conference workshops, 22 committee and section meetings, and 4 keynotes, totaling over 400 unique presenters.

In Case You Missed It - Conference Highlights


Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, delivered Friday night's powerful keynote at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. As a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management (MSPPM), she connected education and her career as a public servant amid the disruption and aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 
Watch her speech
Opening plenary keynote, Yascha Mounk, (left), writer, academic, and public speaker discussed his latest work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. Conference chair, Chris Koliba, (right), joins Yasha for an interactive discussion where the NASPAA audience participated in a live poll.
Andrea Young, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, spoke at the NASPAA Awards Luncheon on Thursday. She shared her perspective growing up in Atlanta and her current work promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights.
At the Pi Alpha Alpha Awards Luncheon, Raphael Bostic,(3rd from left), spoke about his work as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His keynote was followed by a discussion with Catherine Ross,(2nd from left) GA Tech professor. 

Social Media Coverage
Check out the #NASPAA2018 coverage here.

Conference App Reminder
Any slides or handouts provided by presenters to NASPAA are posted in the conference app. You can access the app on your desktop at here . If materials were provided, they are posted within the specific session.

Congrats to all the 2018 NASPAA Award Winners honored at Thursday's and Friday's luncheon. See full list of recipients here.


View Photos
See images from the conference panels, luncheons, awards, networking events and more here.


Spotlight Award Winner
Congrats to our Alumni Honoree 
Mandy Elder 
from Portland State University.
Watch her video

Spotlight Award Winner
Congrats to our Alumni Honoree 
David Toland
from University of Kansas. Watch his video

NASPAA thanks the local schools that help host and welcome #NASPAA2018 to Atlanta, GA.




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