My Time in the White House: Dr Shelley Metzenbaum

On 12 August 2013 Dr Shelley Metzenbaum spoke to approximately 100 guests, at an event co-hosted in partnership by the Melbourne School of Government and ANZSOG. Dr Metzenbaum is recognized internationally as a leading expert in public sector performance management and measurement, leadership, and accountability.

In this seminar Dr Metzembaum reflected on the achievements and challenges of managing government performance from The White House where she was responsible for overseeing President Obama’s performance agenda from 2009-13 as Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Before this, Dr Metzenbaum served as Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and State/Local Relations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs and Director of Capital Budgeting for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr Metzenbaum has also held notable posts in academia, most recently as founding director of the Collins Center for Public Management at Boston’s McCormack School, and as director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Public Sector Performance Management.

Before this, Dr Metzenbaum served as Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and State/Local Relations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs and Director of Capital Budgeting for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr Metzenbaum has also held notable posts in academia, most recently as founding director of the Collins Center for Public Management at Boston’s McCormack School, and as director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Public Sector Performance Management.