Welcome to the DC Society of Certified Public Managers.  A nonprofit organization, the Society is the Washington, DC metropolitan area’s association of graduates from the region’s three Certified Public Manager programs, and the regional affiliate of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.  This site’s purpose is to provide Society members and other visitors with information on our organization and issues in government management and leadership, particularly at the state and local level but, in fact, all levels of government, as well as to serve as a continuing education and community resource.

National CPM Conference – 2010

The annual American Academy of Certified Public Managers’ national training conference is scheduled for 17  – 19 October 2010, in Oklahoma City, OK.

National CPM Conference – 2008

The annual American Academy of Certified Public Managers’ national training conference is scheduled for 7  – 10 September 2008.  This year’s conference is being held in Columbus, OH.   For additional information or to register, see the conference web site, as well as for hotel reservation information.


Escape on the Pearl – Book Reading and Signing – 29 March 2007

On March 29, 2007, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the DC Society of Certified Public Managers will hold a book reading and signing event in Room A-5 of the Martin Luther King Library, 9th and G Streets, NW.

Mary Kay Ricks will be the featured author.  She recently released “Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad.” This is a well-written, thoroughly researched historical book that examines the 1848 attempted escape of 80 slaves on the Pearl.  It follows the fate of two girls, Emily and Mary Edmonson, as they join in the escape attempt on the Pearl.

Come join your CPM colleagues for an evening with Mary Kay Ricks as she discusses Washington in that era and the compelling political forces at work.

Light refreshments will be available.



Latest News

The most recent Society news revolves around the Society’s Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, held on 22 May 2006; the Society’s recent membership recruitment efforts; and the Mayoral Candidate’s Forum held in conjunction with the annual meeting.    Lastly, the newly elected Board of Directors held  their first Board Meeting, to begin planning strategy and activities for the remainder of the year.
Membership Drive Results

The results of the Society’s first ever direct-mail membership drive are in and it was a success!  Almost 60 Certified Public Managers joined as new members or renewed expiring or lapsed memberships.  Speaking of the membership drive and other recent activities, outgoing Society President, Danny Weiss, said: “The most important activities of the past year have been the membership recruitment effort, building the new website, and enhancing the Society’s package of membership benefits.  The success of all three activities provides a solid foundation for the new Board of Directors and all Certified Public Managers to build upon to create an even stronger and more active Society.  The Society and its members now have the opportunity to build on our work and renew their efforts to be a regional focal point for better state and local government management throughout the Metropolitan Washington, DC Area.”  Membership recruiting continues as the new Board of Directors seeks to expand on the success of this year’s efforts.


Election Results: Four New Officers

On Monday, 22 May 2006, the Society membership elected new officers to the Board of Directors and approved an increase in membership fees to take effect 1 January 2007.  The results of the election are:.

  • President:  Deborah Crain
  • Vice-President:  Michele Penick
  • Secretary:  Jose Dominguez
  • Treasurer:  Linda Perkins


The new officers will assumed their duties effective 1 June at which time Danny Weiss assumes the office of Past-President, while Nancy Hapeman and George Nichols retired from the Board.  The dues increase, the first in the Society’s history, will take effect with new and renewed memberships beginning 1 January 2007.  This change in fees will help support an enhancement in the benefits the Society provides to members, including a subscription to the electronic edition of  The Public Manager for all members joining from this point on.
New Board Member’s Meet

The newly elected members of the CPM Society’s Board of Directors met with the outgoing Board members on Friday, 9 June 2006 for a transitional discussion to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities and ongoing activities.  A summary of the meeting will be posted shortly.  In brief, planning was begun for a Society activity in late August and the production of a regular newsletter.  Discussions also included ongoing plans for continued membership recruitment and further development of the Society’s web site.



Newest CPMs: Recent Graduations

IRE Class 4 and PEMM Class 17: The two most recent graduating classes of CPMs includes 24 public managers that earned their certifications through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Institute for Regional Excellence, and another 26 that achieved CPM status through the District of Columbia Government’s Program for Excellence in Municipal Management.   All attend classes at George Washington University’s newly renamed Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL).  Congratulations and welcome to all of you from all those that have gone before!


Current Classes

Two additional classes of CPMs are now heading towards completion.  By September, these two CPM Classes, PEMM Class 18 (26 students) and IRE Class 5 (23 students), will become the newest Washington area Certified Public Managers.  To our latest colleagues in the CPM community, we welcome you and remind you that the Society and many of approximately 600 area predecessors are available to assist you throughout the year.
New Classes Coming Up

Both the IRE / REDP and PEMM programs are currently planning new classes for those interested in becoming Certified Public Mangers.  These classes will be number 6 for the Institute for Regional Excellence and number 19 for the Program for Excellence in Municipal Management.  Those interested in joining either of the new classes should contact either their personnel office or the Regional Executive Development Program coordinator at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; or, for the PEMM program, the DC Office of Personnel or the PEMM coordinator at the Center for Excellence in Municipal Management at the George Washington University.