Breaking news: NAPA’s DiGiammarino to join the Obama administration

A big appointment for the Obama administration: It has been somewhat known but it is all but official — Frank DiGiammarino is moving to the White House. S...

A big appointment for the Obama administration: It has been somewhat known but it is all but official — Frank DiGiammarino is moving to the White House. Starting next month, he will be the Deputy Coordinator for Recovery Implementation. In that role, he will serve as the principal deputy to EdDeSeve, who was tapped by the Obama administration earlier.

At the National Academy, Lena Trudeau will be promoted within the organization, the DorobekInsider has learned.

More to come, but… here is DiGiammarino bio:

Frank P. DiGiammarino serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the National Academy of Public Administration.  In this capacity, Frank is responsible for business development and the creation and execution of special initiatives at the National Academy that can deliver innovative approaches to addressing government’s management challenges. In addition, he oversees the National Academy’s government relations, outreach and communications efforts.

An author and speaker on how to navigate government change, Frank came to the National Academy in 2005 after many years as a senior consultant and strategist. Former positions include Director and DoD Practice Area lead at Touchstone Consulting Group, General Manager and Director of Program Management at Sapient Corporation, and Principal Consultant with the State and Local government practice at American Management Systems.

Career highlights include leading a program to re-engineer a $6 billion Army department with 15,000 personnel; driving reorganization of an 1100 person consultancy in 6 months with 85% adoption; and leading a 700 plus person office that delivered $120 million in annual revenue.  Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and Master’s of Public Administration from The George Washington University.  He serves on the Advisory Board for the Commonwealth College of the University of Massachusetts and the Advisory Board of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.  He is an advisor to the leadership team of the Young Government Leaders organization and recently served as an advisor to the Change and Transformation Initiative at the George Washington University.

And the note from Jenna Dorn, the president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration to staff:

Dear Colleagues –

It is with tremendous pride and no small measure of sadness that I share this news with you: the National Academy’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Business Development, FrankDiGiammarino , has been tapped by the Administration to become the Deputy Coordinator for Recovery Implementation In this capacity, Frank will serve as the principal deputy to Academy Fellow EdDeSeve , who was recently appointed Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation. As you know, Frank joined the National Academy four years ago. He was named one of the Academy’s first Program Area Directors, and I subsequently promoted him to the role of Vice President based on his strong record of achievement. Frank has been instrumental in implementing the Board’s strategy for growth and diversification of our revenue base through partnerships, strategic initiatives and new business development. He ably led the Collaboration Project from its inception and has been a strong champion for innovation in government. He has personally closed a number of new contracts, and systematized and enhanced our business development function. Frank’s appointment to this new role speaks so well for his own work and the work of the National Academy. We will, of course, miss him, but offer our heartiest congratulations and best wishes for success in his important new endeavor.

I ask you to join me in also congratulating Lena Trudeau, whom I have asked to serve as Vice President of the National Academy. Lena will assume responsibility for leading the Academy’s studies, strategic initiatives and business development. In that capacity, Lena will lead and supervise the Program Area Directors and other team members who are responsible for these functions. In her nearly two years with the National Academy, Lena has secured and led, as a Program Area Director, a number of “traditional” Academy studies, including work at Coast Guard,FEMA , and the Department of State. In addition, she has supervised the implementation of studies at the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service. Along with Frank, Lena has been instrumental in the Academy’s successful launch and implementation of the Collaboration Project, which has in turn spawned the creation of a promising new business line in hosting National Dialogues. Lena brings to her new role a strong background in managing service delivery operations, and a proven ability to improve the Academy’s business processes and methodologies. She has over 15 years of consulting and management experience, leading multi-million dollar engagements for clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Immediately prior to joining the National Academy, she served as Vice President, Consulting Services for Ambit Group, a strategy and technology consulting firm dedicated to the federal marketplace. Previously, she has held positions atNokia, the world leader in mobility, at Touchstone Consulting (now SRA , Inc.), and in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada. Lena holds a Masters of Business Administration from the RichardIvey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa.

Lena recently shared with me her “appreciation for the importance – now more than ever – of the National Academy as a platform for positive change in government, as well as the exceptional national resource that is our Fellowship.” Please join me in welcoming her to this new leadership position. I know that in the time-honored tradition of the National Academy, I can count on you to give her your full support.



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