Elizabeth K. Kellar is Senior Fellow with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, which she served as president/CEO since it was founded. She is the director of public policy for the International City/County Management Association and also has served as ICMA's deputy executive director and ethics adviser. She served two terms on the Montgomery County, Md., Ethics Commission, which she chaired for three years.

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

Prior to joining ICMA, Kellar 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.

July 29, 2019

Puerto Rico's Path to Competent, Accountable Government

In embracing new strategies, its municipalities are sowing the seeds of change. They need financial and professional support.
April 22, 2019

Community Engagement's Vital Role in Building Resilience

In preparing for a disaster and recovering from one, residents and businesses need to know that their voices will be heard.
January 2, 2019

Public Leadership Resolutions for Uncertain Times

The work that government does makes a difference in people's lives. Government leaders can inspire others by their actions.
February 21, 2018

How Smart Governments Are Competing for Talent

To attract and retain employees in a competitive market, they're focusing on succession planning and leadership development.
November 8, 2017

Disaster Recovery for the Long Haul

It's hard to think years or decades into the future in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe, but planning now can pay big dividends.
August 2, 2017

3 Issues That Worry State and Local Leaders

From tight budgets to tax reform to workforce challenges, they have a lot to talk about. Fortunately, that's happening.
April 25, 2017

The Urgent Need for Intergovernmental Dialogue

Progress on priority issues like health care and retirement security requires coordinated strategies.
January 18, 2017

The Hidden Risks of P3s

They are an important part of the infrastructure toolkit, but they can't replace tax-exempt debt.
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.