Albert Beckford Jones joins a list of distinguished Americans who have served as the Chairperson of PPIA Board of Directors.

Albert Beckford Jones joins a list of distinguished Americans who have served as the Chairperson of PPIA Board of Directors.

PPIA Chairs  have demonstrated a track record of service to the public, international affairs, and to their communities, citing that their record of public service should illustrate sensitivity to people and problems they confront specifically in areas of education. They should also demonstrate an understanding of issues like access, quality, and affordability. In addition, their experience in public or community service should demonstrate their ability to approach these major educational concerns with a balanced and broad perspective.

Albert Beckford Jones -PPIA Board Leadership 1

Albert Beckford Jones PPIA Board Leadership 2The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

  • A fellowship program that provides student training and financial support for graduate school and facilitates ongoing professional development.
  • A consortium of the top public and international affairs graduate programs in the nation.
  • An outreach program that seeks to educate and inspire young people of all ages and from all backgrounds about public service.
  • An alumni association of approximately 4,000 PPIA Fellows from all across the nation.

Statement of Purpose

Our Vision

A flourishing democratic society that is governed by caring, skilled and pioneering professionals and community leaders who are representative of the full spectrum of America.

Our Mission

To promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.



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