Greenberg to be honored at ASPA national conference
LBJ School Professor Sherri Greenberg is the winner of the Joan Fiss Bishop Award, an annual award presented by the Section on Women in Public Administration (SWPA) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The award will be presented at a breakfast hosted by SWPA at this year’s ASPA national conference, which takes place on April 3 in Denver.
The Joan Fiss Bishop Award is one of three awards presented by the SWPA to promote and support women in the profession. The award honors ASPA leader Joan Fiss Bishop, who is believed to be the first person to serve as career services director at four different colleges and universities, including Emmanuel College, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nominees are judged by the extent of their contribution to increasing involvement by women in the public sector, innovative leadership and professionalism in their public sector career, and commitment to the public administration profession as evidenced by membership in ASPA.
“I am extremely honored and appreciative to be selected for the Joan Fiss Bishop Award,” Greenberg said. “Both public service and public administration always have been an important part of my life. One of my personal goals continues to be encouraging young women to enter these fields.”
LBJ School Graduate Adviser Kenneth Matwiczak, who nominated Greenberg for the award, described her as a “standard-bearer for women in public administration” and praised her leadership, professionalism and contributions to public administration.
Greenberg, who began teaching at the LBJ School in 2001, holds the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government as a fellow. She served for 10 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, completing her final term in January 2001.
Greenberg's professional background is in public finance. She served as the manager of capital finance for the City of Austin from 1985 to 1989, overseeing the City's debt management, capital budgeting and capital improvement programs. Prior to that, she worked as a public finance officer for Standard & Poor's Corporation in New York, where she analyzed and assigned bond ratings to public projects across the country.
“Sherri’s career is what ‘women in public administration’ is all about,” said Matwiczak. “She has led by example through her service with the city and the state legislature. Now she continues to inspire young women to achieve the same, and more, through her passion for what she teaches and continues to do for the community.”
This spring, Greenberg is directing a policy research project sponsored by the Congressional Research Service that is examining state e-government strategies in all 50 states. She is also teaching a policy seminar focusing on the Texas Legislature.
Greenberg was an ASPA member from 1985 to 1989, and then rejoined in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, she served on the board of the CenTex Chapter of ASPA.
Other LBJ School community members who will attend the ASPA national conference include Matwiczak and first-year student Eve Richter. Richter will use an ASPA Fellowship, a fellowship from the CenTex Chapter and funds from the Graduate Public Affairs Council professional development budget to attend the conference.
By María de la Luz Martínez
Sherri Greenberg (LBJ School faculty profile)
© Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
24 March 2006
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