The National Center for Public Performance (NCPP) is a research and public service center at Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service. Devoted to improving performance in the public and nonprofit sectors, NCPP was founded in 1974 to serve as a vehicle for the study, dissemination, and recognition of performance measurement initiatives in government. Previously located at Rutgers University, NCPP is directed by Professor Marc Holzer; Mary Gibson, Managing Director; Dr. Andrew Ballard, Conference Program Coordinator.

In addition, NCPP specializes in research and teaching in the engagement of citizens and, through the generous support of The Sloan Foundation, has been able to undertake research and teaching in citizen-driven government performance, develop curricular resources and deliver online training for public managers.

National Center for Public Performance

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Senior Research Associates
Andrew Ballard, Ph.D.
Ibukun Olaoluwa Balogun
Brenda Bond-Fortier, Ph.D
Stuart Grifel, MBA, MPA
Leanne McAuliffe, MHA
Akshay Guru Rajkumar
Christopher Patrick Walsh, JD
Joshua Weissman LaFrance, MPA, MSPS
Jael Wembalonge
Lauren Hajjar, Ph.D
Aroon P. Manoharan, Ph.D
James Melitski, Ph.D
M. Jae Moon, Ph.D
Priyam Ashvinkumar Mehta,MSBA,MBA

Executive Director
Professor Marc Holzer, Ph.D.

Managing Director
Mary Gibson

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NCPP Executive Director

Professor Marc Holzer, Ph.D.



A distinguished professor at Suffolk University's Institute for Public Service and former founding dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, Dr. Holzer is a prominent international leader in the field of public administration, and has been recognized by many international public management leadership organizations, including the Chinese Public Administration Society, the Korean Association for Public Administration, the European Group on Public Administration, and the United Nations.

Dr. Holzer is a past president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and founded the Northeast Conference on Public Administration and the ASPA's Sections on Korea, China, and Humanities/Arts. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and of the World Academy of Productivity Science, and has been recognized with over 20 national and international awards for his contributions in the field of research, teaching, and service. He is a world-renowned author and lecturer, and currently chairs the ASPA Endowment supporting education in strong, effective, and ethical public governance.


NCPP Managing Director
Mary Gibson


Mary Gibson is the Managing Director of the National Center for Public Performance at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. She is also a current student at the University, working toward her Masters Degree in Public Administration. Prior to her employment at Suffolk, Mary worked in state government, for the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, specializing in parliamentary procedure. Additionally, she worked on the joint committees on Health Care Financing and Public Health. Prior to her 7 years on Beacon Hill, Mary obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus.