Emerging Leaders Award

CAP has a history of promoting the adoption of accountability and performance management systems in government.  Traditionally, CAP accomplished its goals through educational materials and awards for scholarship, organizational improvement, and individual leaders/contributors.  As performance management has spread, but still remains a developing field of practice, CAP sees an opportunity to recognize and encourage a new generation of practitioners through a CAP Emerging Leaders program.

Through recognition by CAP, Emerging Leaders would provide a early or mid-career boost to individuals who are actively implementing performance management systems, innovating new practices, and promoting the importance of performance and accountability within their governments.

In return for the recognition, Emerging Leaders would be asked to a develop case study about their government’s performance management practices to support CAP’s case study work.  In addition, they might be tapped to develop CAP-sponsored panels at annual ASPA meetings to highlight best and alternative practices from the field and help build the empirical base for additional analysis.


Emerging Leaders may be nominated by CAP Board members, colleagues of emerging leaders, supervisors, and others.  Nominees should represent a variety of governments (local, county, state and federal), and promote racial and geographic diversity in representation.

To nominate an individual for the Emerging Leaders Award, please provide the nomination and supporting information to the following individuals at their respective email addresses by no later than November 1, 2023.  

Michael Jacobson (michael.jacobson@kingcounty.gov)
Richard Greene (greenebarrett@gmail.com)
Curt Marshall (cmarshall6@cox.net)


2023 Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy and Innovation Buncombe County (Asheville), NC
Leah Tivoli, Director, Innovation and Performance City of Seattle, WA
Thomas Tippett and Sarah Dickinson, CountyStat Analysts Montgomery County, MD
2022 Jaime Lees (She/Her), Chief Data Officer Arlington County Government, VA
Rudy de Leon Dinglas (MPA), Manager, Data and Performance Practice The Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence, MD
Haley Kadish (MPA), Performance and Innovation Officer City of Albuquerque, NM
Tim Moreland, Administrator, Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance City of Chattanooga, TN
2021 Pete Bernardy, Results Manager Director State of MN
Curtis Brown, State Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management State of VA
Shannon Carney, Senior Advisor to Commissioner Mingus Mapps, City Council Member City of Portland, OR
Kristine Grill, Open Data Portal Coordinator Ramsey County, MN
Nicollette Stanton, Director and Chief Performance Officer, Office of Performance and Data Analytics City of Cincinnati, OH
2020 Adrienne Schomeker, Director, Civic Engagement and Strategy New York City, NY
Carmen Moreno-Rivera, Chief, Performance Improvement, Louisville Metro Government Louisville, KY
Kate May, Chief Performance Officer, City of Rochester Rochester, NY
2019 James Wagner, Chief of Performance, Strategy and Innovation Tulsa, OK
Melissa Schigoda, Ph.D., Director, Office of Performance and Accountability New Orleans, LA
Tina Walha, Director of Innovation and Performance Seattle, WA
Leigh Tami, Chief Performance Officer Cincinnati, OH
2018 Melissa Bridges, Performance and Innovation Coordinator Little Rock, AR
Cheriene Floyd, Strategic Planning and Performance Manager Miami, FL
Mike Sarasti, Chief Innovation Officer Miami, FL
Stacey Ray, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Development Olympia, WA
Jennifer Reed, Chief Performance Officer Washington, DC
2017 Justin C. Bruce, Director of Innovation and Performance Jackson, MS
Katie Johnson, Principal Budget and Management Analyst City of Tacoma, WA
Oliver Wise, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability City of New Orleans, LA
2016 Daro Mott, Chief Innovation Officer Cuyahoga County, OH
Julie Steenson, Deputy Performance Officer, Office of the City Manager  Kansas City, MO
Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer, Office of the City Manager Kansas City, MO
David Gottesman, County Stat Manager, Office of the Montgomery County Executive Montgomery County, MD
Greg Useem, Chief Performance Officer, Office of Performance and Accountability City of Alexandria, VA