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Dr. Jane Waldfogel, Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children's and Youth Problems, has been selected as president-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that encourages excellence in research, teaching, and practice in the field of public policy analysis and management. The announcement was made at APPAM's annual Fall Research Conference, held November 7–9 on the theme of "Power of the Past – Force for the Future."
Professor Waldfogel was elected to APPAM's Leadership Council in 2011, with a term that lasts until 2015. Earlier this month, she was introduced as the organization's president-elect to an audience consisting of more than 1,700 APPAM members. They had assembled in Washington, D.C., for an annual conference consisting of three days of presentations, sessions, and meetings—considered to be a major benefit of Association membership, along with the Association's prestigious Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), which ranks first in the field of public administration. The write-up that appeared on the APPAM Web site cited Dr. Waldfogel for her extensive writings on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being, along with her current research on work-family policies, improvements to the measurement of poverty, and cross-cultural comparisons of social mobility.
"I am honored to be selected as President-elect and very much looking forward to the year ahead," Dr. Waldfogel was quoted as saying. "This is such an exciting time for APPAM and for public policy. We'll have a lot to talk about at the Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque next year."
Upon hearing the news, Dean Jeanette Takamura said: "This is a wonderful recognition of Jane Waldfogel's policy leadership. Her election shines a light on her many contributions borne out of her research on effective ways to advance the well-being of children worldwide. She represents the very best of the School's academic community and has in her company such renowned Columbia policy icons as Sheila Kamerman, whom Dr. Waldfogel followed as the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children's and Youth Problems, Irv Garfinkel, and others. We are truly proud of Jane and celebrate yet another of her outstanding accomplishments. We have no doubt that she will provide stellar leadership to the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management."