ASU School of Sustainability Professor Nicole Darnall smiling in portrait

Darnall inducted into National Academy of Public Administration


Kayla Frost

Nicole Darnall, associate dean and professor of management and public policy in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, has been named a National Academy of Public Administration fellow in recognition of her years of public administration service and expertise.

“It is an honor to be in the company of such a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners,” said Darnall, who is one of 51 NAPA fellows inducted in 2019. “I thank the academy for this tremendous recognition.”

The nonpartisan, nonprofit NAPA was chartered by Congress in 1967 to provide independent, expert advice to help government leaders solve critical management challenges. Its more than 900 fellows include former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives and public administrators. Darnall and Mary Feeney, a professor in ASU’s School of Public Affairs, join six existing fellows from ASU.

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“I am very pleased to welcome Nicole Darnall to the 2019 class of Fellows,” said NAPA President and CEO Terry Gerton in a news release announcing the new class. “Our fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration, and Darnall is no exception. The 2019 class is an outstanding group that will enrich our fellowship, especially as we unveil the Grand Challenges in Public Administration and collaborate across the field to find solutions.”

Darnall says she is most interested in advancing practical governance approaches that lead to better environmental and economic outcomes.

At ASU, Darnall is co-founder and team leader of the Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative and a senior sustainability scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. By studying nonregulatory governance approaches such as voluntary programs, strategic alliances, certification and information-based initiatives, Darnall’s research investigates how incentives can encourage organizations and individuals to be more environmentally sustainable.

“We are thrilled to hear the news about Dr. Darnall being elected as a NAPA Fellow. This is a great and well-deserved honor,” said School of Sustainability Dean Christopher Boone. “The School of Sustainability benefits from Dr. Darnall’s expertise in public administration, especially her work in green procurement, which is a critical tool for sustainability strategy development.”