Organizing Committee

George D. JulnesGeorge D. Julnes

George Julnes is professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore.  His work focuses on improving evaluation methods in support of better governance, particularly for programs targeting disadvantaged and at-risk populations, and also on supporting government policies on evaluation that promote context-appropriate methodologies.  He has consulted with and led evaluations for a range of state and federal agencies in the U.S., including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, as well as the American Institutes for Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Recent scholarship includes editing a volume of New Directions for Evaluation (2012) entitled “Promoting Valuation in the Public Interest:  Informing Policies for Judging Value in Evaluation.”. He can be reached at

 Patria de Lancer Julnes

Patria de Lancer Julnes is full professor and director of the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at the University of Baltimore.  She is past co-chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance of ASPA, council member of the Inter-American Network for Public Administration Education, managing editor of the International Review of Public Administration, and editor of the section Emerging Issues Public Performance and Managing Review. She is the author/co-editor of three books on performance-based management and has written dozens of articles and book chapters on performance measurement, accountability, and citizen participation. She can be reached at


Lawrence J. Miller,

PhD is assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.  Larry’s research examines the consequences of institutional changes made to public budgeting systems in big cities on the financial condition of governments, and the efficiency and equity of the services they provide.   He is the founding chair of the Northeast Conference on Public Administration.  Dr. Miller can be reached via email at:

Stephen L. Percy, deanStephen L. Percy

Stephen Percy assumed the position of Founding Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore in 2011. His research interests include public policy and policy implementation, urban politics, disability rights policy, and university-community engagement.  His work includes the book Disability, Civil Rights and Public Policy:  The Politics of Implementation and articles published in such outlets as the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Metropolitan Universities.

In his prior position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—where he served as Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, and Acting Dean of the new School of Public Health—he was actively involved in university-wide initiatives to promote university-community engagement.  His work in community engagement—pursued through the Milwaukee Idea Initiative—is outlined in two books in which he served as a co-editor:  A Time for Boldness: A Story of Institutional Change and Creating a New Kind of University: Institutionalizing Community-University Engagement. He can be reached at

Kendra B. Stewart

Kendra Stewart is an Associate Professor and Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston.  Her research interests include South Carolina government, non-profit management, homeland security, state and local government, and women and politics.  She is co-editor of a book entitled The Practice of Government Public Relations.  The articles she has authored have appeared in The Practice of Strategic Collaboration: From Silos to Actions, Urban Affairs Review, Public Finance and Management, Perspective in Politics, and various scholarly books.

Dr. Stewart has conducted political analysis for a variety of print, radio and television media, including Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, the Associated Press and National Public Radio.

Prior to her current position, Professor Stewart was a faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University and worked for the state of South Carolina Budget and Control Board.  In addition, she has conducted program evaluations and strategic planning assistance to a variety of public and nonprofit organizations.  Kendra is very involved in the community as well, serving on the boards of several professional and non-profit organizations.