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.

September 28, 2016

The Fantasy of the Quick Fix

It doesn't help win elections, but confronting the big public challenges requires a sustained effort over many years.
June 21, 2016

The Growing Urgency of Government's Quest for Talent

It's harder than ever to recruit and retain the qualified workers the public sector needs, but there are strategies that can help a lot.
March 2, 2016

Government and the Lessons of Flint

We learned from the failures that followed Hurricane Katrina. Will Flint's calamity teach us as well?
December 2, 2015

The Challenges of Managing Global Urbanization

As cities -- and slums -- grow around the world, governments are going to need to step up their game.
August 25, 2015

The Uberizing of the Government Workforce

As the use of contract and temporary workers grows and millennials move into government, the public sector will need to adapt.
May 26, 2015

The Value of Nudging Public Workers to Save for Retirement

As government pensions become less generous for new hires, automatic enrollment in supplemental savings plans can make a big difference.
February 24, 2015

The Government Workforce in an Era of Wage Stagnation

With private-sector wage growth outpacing the public sector's, it's more of a challenge than ever to attract and keep talented employees.
November 5, 2014

The Hard Work of Restoring Trust in Government

Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication.
July 8, 2014

The Challenge of Building the Workforce Government Needs

Competition from the private sector is stiff. Governments have much to offer, but they need do a better job of getting the message out.
April 9, 2014

Public Pensions and the Lessons of Success

Some state and local retirement systems have found a formula for stability.
January 16, 2014

Public Health and the Leadership Imperative

Government leaders long ago took up the challenge of protecting the public from deadly diseases. New challenges are testing that resolve.
August 29, 2013

Why Municipal Bankruptcy is Rare (and Should Be)

It's expensive, time-consuming and seldom produces the hoped-for results. Municipalities instead should heed the lessons of those that have dealt with tough fiscal times effectively.