Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows

The Governing Institute has recruited an impressive faculty of Sr. Fellows: a diverse group of highly regarded professionals with vast experience in the public sector and expertise in the crucial issues and challenges facing local governments and states. The Governing Sr. Fellows provide thought leadership, strategic direction and hands-on expertise in expanding the Institute’s work and in advancing its mission.

Robert Attmore 

Former Chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and former New York State Auditor
Areas of Expertise:
State and Local Government Accounting, State and Local Governments Generally


Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene

Principals, Barrett and Greene, Inc.
Areas of Expertise:
Management, Workforce, State & Local Government, Performance, Budgeting & Auditing


John M. Bernard 

Chairman & Founder, Mass Ingenuity
Areas of Expertise:
Organizational Performance, Effective Government Management


Harry Black

Seasoned city manager, deputy chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, program manager and chief procurement officer
Areas of Expertise:
Community & economic development, pension & healthcare reform, and performance management & data analytics


Charles Chieppo 

Principal, Chieppo Strategies LLC
Former Policy Director, Massachusetts’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance
Areas of Expertise:
Transportation & Infrastructure, Education, Public Employee Labor Issues & Pensions


Robert D. Crutchfield 

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise:
Criminal Justice, Social & Racial Inequality


Kathleen Dalton, Ph.D. 

CEO, EDGE Government Solutions LLC
Former Commissioner of Social Services, Albany County, State of New York
Former Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Health and Human Services (Acting), State of New York
Areas of Expertise:
Health & Human Services, Integrated Data in Government Services


Al Delia   

Former Acting Secretary (left office Jan 4, 2013)
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Areas of Expertise:
Health & Human Services, Education


Dr. Abdul El-Sayed  

Former Health Director for the City of Detroit
Areas of Expertise:
Health & Human Services, Urban Policy, Politics


Natwar M. Gandhi

Former Chief Financial Officer, Government of the District of Columbia
Areas of Expertise:
Finance, Management


Jeremy Kalin

President, Kalin LLC
Former State Representative, Minnesota
Areas of Expertise:
Energy & Environment, Infrastructure


Michael  Lawson

Principal, Performance Management, Organizational Metrics & Public Policy
Areas of Expertise:
State and Local Governments Generally, Management


William H. Leighty

Managing Partner, Decide Smart
and Former Chief of Staff to Governor Warner, VA
Areas of Expertise:
Management, State and Local Governments Generally


Ron Littlefield

Former Mayor, City of Chattanooga, TN
Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners
Areas of Expertise:
City Planning, Local & State Government, Economic Development


Justin Marlowe

Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.
Areas of Expertise:
Finance, Economic Development


Jack Mc Gowan

CEM Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Department of Energy GridWise Architecture Council and CEO, President, Energy Control Inc.
Areas of Expertise:
Energy & Environment


Erin O’Connell-Diaz 

Commissioner Emeritus, Illinois Commerce Commission
Areas of Expertise:
Energy & Environment, Infrastructure, Public Utilities


Sally S. Patrenos

CEO, Patrenos & Associates
Areas of Expertise:
Transportation & Infrastructure, Energy & Environment


Richard Pennington

Previously, General Counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, the nonprofit that assists the states in national cooperative procurements. Former Director of the Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement.
Areas of Expertise:
Public Procurement Law and Practice, Workforce, Teaming and Team Leadership


Dugan Petty

Former Chief Information Officer, State of Oregon
Areas of Expertise:
Technology, Finance, Workforce


Alan B. Williams

Government Affairs Representative, Meenan Law Firm
Former Representative, Florida State Legislature
Areas of Expertise:
Economic Development & Workforce, Telecommunications, Financial Literacy, Social Networking


Quentin Wilson

Principal, Performance Excellence
Former Director of Revenue and Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Missouri
Areas of Expertise:
Public Administration & Policy, Managing for Results



Futurist, economist and best-selling author Rebecca Ryan joined the Governing Institute as a Senior Advisor in 2016. As Senior Advisor, Ryan will:

  • Keynote at the Governing Leadership Forums (including Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts and California) and at Governing's June Government Performance and Innovation Summit in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Write several long form articles for about the future of government and provide insights for Voices of the Governing Institute at
  • Provide strategic advice to the Governing Institute regarding special projects and programs
Rebecca Ryan

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