Angela Evans joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as clinical professor of the practice of public policy after serving 30 years in public service to the U.S. Congress. The last 13 of these years she served was as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service-the Legislative Branch agency created by the U.S. Congress to serve as its primary source for policy research and analysis.
During her long career she worked with Members of Congress and their staffs on all major legislative deliberations, assisting them as they confronted some of the most critical and complex policy problems facing the nation.
As Deputy Director she led major organizational changes that not only enhanced the research capacity of the Service but also improved the effectiveness of critical operations. Among her achievements was the creation of a unique management position to lead the research and analysis of policy experts; the creation of a methodology by which the Service created and implemented an integrated, agency-wide research agenda directly aligned with the legislative deliberations of the Congress; and the development of performance standards to evaluate the success of the Service's work in assisting policy making needs of the Congress.
In addition to her research responsibilities, she had responsibility for all infrastructure and support operations including: human resources; information resources; finance and budgeting; and technical systems. Among her accomplishments, she led the development of the first federally funded succession plan to address the potential retirement of a large cohort of the workforce; led several reorganizations, including the first reorganization of the Service since its inception in 1970; led the development of the first Web site for the agency and its major reconstruction; developed innovative programs to enhance the research capacity of the Service by partnering with graduate schools of public policy and public affairs; and led numerous initiatives to improve the research support available to researchers while under severe fiscal constraints.
Professor Evans also taught public policy and management as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.