Michael Jacobson named Chair of the ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance

Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director for Performance and Strategy with the County’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, has been named to a three-year board term and one-year chairmanship of the American Society of Public Administration’s Center for Accountability and Performance.

During his term, Michael is working to advance awareness about the importance of performance and accountability in government through the Center’s regular webinar series and annual organizational and performance leadership awards. He will also host performance-related expert panels at ASPA’s annual conferences.

“Another part of what has been exciting for me is the opportunity I’ve had to help diversify board membership in terms of race and gender, and to help create an Emerging Leader Award,” said Michael. “The diversity efforts are very important to do for the organization, to get the different perspectives and a deeper understanding of issues. And the Emerging Leader Award has allowed us to recognize people who are starting out in their jurisdictions and doing great work. We are able to give them some early career recognition, and they get some well-deserved visibility.”

Michael joined King County in July, 2002. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall strategic and performance aspects of the County’s performance management system. He also oversees the Criminal Justice, Strategy and Policy Group within the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. Under his leadership, the County has received numerous performance measurement and reporting awards and recognitions.

“Our Executive’s best-run government philosophy encourages us to engage our communities – including national professional communities,” added Michael. “This is a great opportunity for me to engage national networks and bring best practices back to King County.”

His contributions to the field have been recognized with the ASPA’s Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Measurement and Practice Award. This award is presented to individuals whose outstanding teaching, education, training and consultation in performance measurement has made a significant contribution to the practice of public administration. He has also served as editorial board member of Public Administration Review.

Congratulations, Michael!