Rosemary O'Leary: 21st Century Guerrillas in the Bureaucracy

City and Regional Planning Fall 2010 Colloquium

Rosemary O’Leary is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University. From 2003–05, O’Leary was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident. In 2004, she also served as a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. O'Leary has worked as a consultant to many federal and local agencies and institutions including the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. She has worked as an attorney and as an administrator in the State of Kansas government. O'Leary is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 100 articles on public management and public policy. She has won nine national research awards, including Best Book in Public and Nonprofit Management for 2000 (given by the Academy of Management), Best Book in Environmental Management and Policy for 2005 and 1999 (given by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the Mosher Award, which she won twice, for best article by an academician published in Public Administration Review. Her research has been funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the International City/County Management Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Bar Association, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.