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National Academy of Public Administration Honors Pardo, Rethemeyer

Theresa Pardo and R. Karl Rethemeyer 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2019) -- CTG UAlbany Director Theresa Pardo and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration for 2019.

Founded in 1967 and later chartered by the United States Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration is focused on helping government leaders solve their most critical management challenges. The Academy provides expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

Fellows of the Academy include former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. Election as a fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed upon scholars in the field of public administration and policy.

“Professor Theresa Pardo and Dean Karl Rethemeyer have made substantial contributions to student success, academics and scholarship at UAlbany and in the public arena,” said UAlbany Provost and Senior Vice President Carol H. Kim.   “Through program development, academic leadership, and influential service to their intellectual and professional communities they have made a truly meaningful impact in their fields, and are very deserving of this prestigious honor.”

“Professor Pardo and Dean Rethemeyer are teacher-scholars who embody UAlbany’s commitment to academic and research excellence that has a societal impact,” said UAlbany Vice President for Research James Dias. “I congratulate them on this significant peer recognition from the National Academy of Public Administration.”

As director of CTG UAlbany -- one of the University’s foremost research institutes since its founding in 1993 -- Pardo oversees a team of scholars and technical experts tasked with carrying out applied research and problem-solving projects focused on the intersections of policy, management, and technology in the governmental context. CTG work has been funded by from organizations such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, United Nations, World Bank, U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, SAP, Microsoft Corporation, and New York State, among others. Pardo is also a full research professor in Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College, where she is a co-developer of the top-ranked academic program in Government Information Strategy and Management offered by Rockefeller College.

Pardo serves as OpenNY Adviser to New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and is Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee. She serves as a member of the User Working Group of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, and the Business and Operations Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

She is also founder of the Global Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium and has served on numerous UN Expert Groups on a range of digital government and sustainable development related issues. Pardo serves on a number of editorial boards for top journals in the fields of digital government and public administration including Government Information Quarterly and Public Management Review and is one of the most highly cited authors in her field. In 2018 Pardo was named as one of the Top 100 Influencers in Digital Government globally.

Dean Rethemeyer’s primary research interest is in social networks, their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks.

Rethemeyer’s work spans two programs of research. The first focuses on the structure and operation of collaborative and policy networks in the public sector. This work examines how nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies work together to set policy and provide public goods and services. Rethemeyer received the Accenture Advances in Public Management Award for his research in this area.

The second program of research focuses on terrorist organizations and terrorist networks. Through the Project on Violent Conflict, Rethemeyer is co-investigator with Professor Victor H. Asal on the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) project, which collects data about and models the behavior of terrorist networks. The BAAD project has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation.

A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rethemeyer has been published in numerous prestigious journals, and presented work at several conferences, including the Public Management Research Association, Academy of Management, Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

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