National Governors Association (NGA)

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Headquarters Location: Washington, D.C.
Founded: 1908


Mission: The National Governors Association (NGA)—the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.


Tags: national, workforce development, policy, resource services, technical assistance, consulting, advocacy, 2010


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Story: Here's National Governors Association founding story: Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states,… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
This organization is praised for its influence over state policy on workforce development.
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Leadership
National-governors-association-nga John Thomasian. Thomasian directs the NGA Center for Best Practices, which helps governors and their policy advisors develop and implement innovative solutions to governance and policy challenges. The NGA Center's team of 50 researchers and policy experts provide tailored technical assistance, track and evaluate state innovations and best practices, and help governors and their staff develop cutting-edge solutions to stay ahead of… See full bio.


Transparency Information
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Financial Data
Total Revenue:
$14,476,010


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
webmaster AT nga.org
Phone:
202-624-5300
Facebook:
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Address:
444 N Capitol St
 
Washington, D.C. 20001, USA


National-governors-association-nga Story: Here's National Governors Association founding story: Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors. (Read more at: http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/NGABROCHURE.PDF)

Expert Reviews of National Governors Association (NGA)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

This organization is praised for its influence over state policy on workforce development.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Their leadership, advocacy, and collaborative nature are praised by experts as strengths.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Multiple experts stated that funding was a potential area for improvement. Others noted ways in which this organization could become more scalable and thus achieve a higher impact.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Impact

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They are driving the sector agenda via state policy.
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They focus on state policy as it relates to workforce development and the economy.
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They have consistently made a substantial impact on workforce policy and strategy by effectively engaging, developing and communicating with state level workforce leaders nationally. They've translated a number of important ideas and policy issues into frameworks that have meaning for governors and their appointees, and have brought the innovations and lessons from states into national policy dialogues effectively.
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They impact all states, bringing together education, and workforce arms to address big picture issues like postsecondary and certificate attainment. They have a successful model for academies of states. They are non-partisan and highly respected by states.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Advocacy

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Their access and influence on governors and state government are strengths.

Leadership & Collaboration

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A key strength is authentic leadership that results in them being seen as highly credible and nonpartisan by member states. Another key strength is their effective use of peer learning techniques to craft multi-state collaborative that help each other create innovative strategies for their states.
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Their leadership is strong and experienced; they are national in scope and the place of choice to go for consensus building.

Leadership & Research

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The NGA has provided outstanding leadership, provided excellent research, and taken courageous policy stands.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Scalability

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This is a very small shop - state focus/association structure limits the scope of their work.

Funding

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I have no specific recommendations, but all non-profits could benefit from more resources.
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The workforce team is small and has an economic model that is nearly totally reliant on winning grants from foundations and federal agencies. A more diversified funding model would allow them to build a stronger, larger team that can realize the best of what they accomplish more consistently.

Impact

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They are driving toward consensus can produce some broadly defined strategies that might not push the envelope as far as others.

Politics

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Political stalemate sometimes renders this organization mute when it is urgently needed. I'm not sure how this dynamic could be improved.


Leadership

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John Thomasian
Director
Thomasian directs the NGA Center for Best Practices, which helps governors and their policy advisors develop and implement innovative solutions to governance and policy challenges. The NGA Center's team of 50 researchers and policy experts provide tailored technical assistance, track and evaluate state innovations and best practices, and help governors and their staff develop cutting-edge solutions to stay ahead of potential problems. In addition, Thomasian supervises NGA Center forums, at which state policy leaders discuss solutions to critical issues affecting the states. As Center director, he oversees all areas of domestic policy with particular areas of expertise, including energy issues, health care reform, homeland security, infrastructure and the economy.

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