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Sandra O. Archibald

Sandra ArchibaldDr. Sandra O. Archibald is Professor and Dean of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, joining the school in August 2003. She has held numerous academic and professional appointments at institutions including University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Stanford University, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for Americans. Dr. Archibald serves on the advisory boards of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office. She holds a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Archibald has served on numerous National Research Council committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of medicine focusing on a variety of environmental policy issues. In September, 2009 she was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration, involved in the most important and complex public governance issues that public administrators face. In November 2010 she was named President-Elect of the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM), the top research organization in her field. Dr. Archibald has served as a consultant to the United Nations FAO, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Interior, and numerous other state, national, and international organizations. In June 2010 the Governor of the State of Washington named Dr. Archibald as one of three dozen leaders to serve on the Committee on Transforming Washington’s Budget.

Dr. Archibald’s research interests focus on the intersection of economics, institutions, and public policy. She is the co-author and author of more than 100 research publications. She has won several teaching and research awards, including the Public Administration Educator of the Year award from the Society for Public Administration in 2009. Archibald is also the recipient of numerous research grants, most recently from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. She teaches economics for policy analysis, environmental and natural resource policy, and advanced policy analysis.

Dr. Archibald is extensively involved in public service and research designed to support sound public policy and management decisions. She has made significant contributions to policy making and civic engagement in the United States and abroad. She was Director of Economic Analysis for Rockefeller’s Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, served in the Office of Research and Development in the Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe designing environmental curriculum and academic programs for higher education. She has also worked with several United Nations agencies on questions of sustainable development. In June of 2006 Dr. Archibald was appointed to the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) as a member of the Academe and Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee.

Dr. Archibald is dedicated to service to the University of Washington community. She is currently Chair of the University of Washington Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, a member of the University of Washington President’s Leadership Council, and the President’s Council on Enterprise Risk Management Policy. She also served as elected Chair of the University of Washington Board of Deans—in addition to numerous other current and past positions.

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