Elizabeth Kellar is president and CEO of the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, a nonprofit organization that helps local and state governments become employers of choice so they can attract and retain talented public servants. She also serves as deputy executive director for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Kellar leads ICMA's public policy team and speaks on ethics at state, national and international meetings. She has served as ICMA's ethics adviser, launched a monthly ethics column and developed ethics training programs. She served two terms on the Montgomery County, Md., Ethics Commission and was chair of the commission for three years.

Kellar is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as chair for NAPA's Standing Panel on the Federal System. She serves on the American University School of Public Affairs Advisory Council and the editorial board of Public Administration Review. Her publications include "Managing with Less," "Ethical Insight, Ethical Action" and "Ethos."

Prior to joining ICMA, she was responsible for community relations for the city of Sunnyvale, Calif. She has a master's degree in journalism and political science from Ohio State University.