Southern California Chapter
of the
American Society for Public Administration

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About Us

Southern California Chapter

The Southern California ASPA Chapter was founded in 1948. Our chapter, like the national organization, encompasses the entire public administration community, embracing the wide range of professionals who administer the public trust. Our members come from all ranks of governments, non-profits, universities and private industry leaders who work with public administrators. The Southern California Chapter has approximately 500 current members and another 800 inactive members. Our chapter is the second largest Chapter of ASPA.

The Mission Statement of the Southern California Chapter is to inspire and promote public service leadership in the Southern California Region.

The Chapter Motto is: "Where leaders meet leaders."

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Since 1939, we have been the nation's most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena.  We are advocates for greater effectiveness in government - agents of goodwill and professionalism - publishers of democratic journalism at its very best - purveyors of progressive theory and practice and providers of global citizenship. We believe that by embracing new ideas - addressing key public service issues - and promoting change at both the local and international levels, we can enhance the quality of lives worldwide.

ASPA's Mission
ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that:

  • Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration.
  • Promotes the value of joining and elevating the public service profession.
  • Builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally .
  • Provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.
  • Achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.

ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. Professionalism is promoted through chapters and sections. Members have an opportunity to advance their careers by becoming involved in their local public administration community. Additionally, members gain exposure to major public service issues by joining ASPA’s 21 sections. These sections focus on finance, budgeting, human resources, health and human services, ethics and more. Sections provide additional networking opportunities through conferences and other professional development activities. They also have a variety of award and scholarship opportunities.