By: H. Brinton Milward
Who or what inspired you to work in public service?
After graduating college, I joined the Peace Corps and spent two of the best years of my life in Liberia, West Africa. It was this experience that made me decide to go into public administration.
What is something you are excited about right now?
Branda Nowell and I just finished a book on networks in public management and policy for Cambridge University Press. We are very excited about the last chapter of the book which is a “Pocket Field Guide” to help practitioners, evaluators, and academics determine whether, networks of public and nonprofit organizations are effective or not.
What is your favorite class you have ever taught or taken and why?
The best class I have ever taken was a Russian History class as an undergraduate. I can still remember some of the lectures.
What inspires you during these challenging times?
The prospect of making progress on the climate, social equity, and governance inspire me.
What advice can you give to folks beginning careers in public service?
Play the long game.
Do you have any pets at home?
In April, we lost a wonderful dog named Eliot who was a therapy dog working with very sick kids. We have a small white fluff ball named Lucy. We are looking for another rescue dog to replace Eliot.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The Battle of Gettysburg.
Do you have a favorite podcast, journal, newspaper, or other kind of media?
It sounds boring but it’s the New York Times and NPR.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.