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Steven Kelman
Weatherhead Professor of Public Management
Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Steven Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, with a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, he is the author of many books and articles on the policy-making process and on improving the management of government organizations. His latest book is Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government (Brookings Institution Press, 2005).

From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure as Administrator, he played a lead role in the Clinton Administration’s “reinventing government” effort. Dr. Kelman is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association. In 2003, Dr. Kelman was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable, and he was inducted in 2007 into the Government Computer News Hall of Fame. He currently serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal.

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Philip Howard Common Good
E. Donald Elliott Yale Law School
Ben Hecht Living Cities, Inc.
Rebecca Love Kourlis Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
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