National Governors Association
|National Governors Association|
|Chairman:||Mary Fallin (2013-2014)|
Founded in 1908, the NGA provides governors and senior staff with various services, such as representing states on Capitol Hill and developing and implementing policy solutions.
The 2012 Consolidated Financial Report of the NGA and NGA Center for Best Practices showed the organization with assets totaling $45,830,210.
The National Governors Association posts their mission on their website. "The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism."
The National Governors Association identifies important issues and together focus on matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. The association also represents states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues and develops and implements solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. The NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors and their senior staff members.
- See also: Common Core
Recently the NGA Center for Best Practices has taken an active role in the area of educational policy. According to their website, "The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia developed a common core of state standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades k-12." The NGA received millions of dollars in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "to work with state policymakers on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards" in order to make the effort state led. In just two years, between 2008 and 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia had fully adopted the Common Core State Standards.
Best Practices Center
The NGA Best Practices Center describes itself as "the only policy research and development firm that directly serves the nation's governors by developing innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges."
The Center consists of five divisions:
- Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division
- Education Division
- Environment, Energy & Transportation Division
- Health Division
- Homeland Security & Public Safety Division
The NGA is led by a nine-person committee. Elected annually, the Executive Committee supervises the association’s operations.
Committee members for 2013-2014 were announced on August 4, 2013. The current term runs though July 2014.
|NGA Executive Committee|
|Chair||Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma|
|Vice Chair||Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado|
|Member||Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas|
|Member||Governor Jack Markell, Delaware|
|Member||Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa|
|Member||Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota|
|Member||Governor Steve Bullock, Montana|
|Member||Governor Gary Herbert, Utah|
|Member||Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin|
Alongside the Executive Committee there are five additional committees:
- Economic Development and Commerce Committee
- Natural Resources Committee
- Education and Workforce Committee
- Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee
- Health and Human Services Committee
Former NGA Chairs
Since 1985, the NGA chair has chosen a policy area to focus on during their term. It is known as the "Chair's Initiative." The following is a chart of NGA chairs since 1985 and their chosen initiative.
- National Governors Association, About, accessed November 15, 2013
- National Governors Association, "2012 NGA Financial Statement," accessed November 26, 2013
- NGA.org, "Common Core State Standards," accessed June 12, 2014
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/a-brief-audit-of-bill-gat_b_3837421.html Huffingtonpost.org, "A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending," October 29, 2013]
- The Washington Post, "How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution," June 7, 2014
- National Governors Association, "NGA Center for Best Practices brochure," accessed November 26, 2013
- National Governors Association, "FAQ," accessed November 26, 2013
- National Governors Association, "NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership," August 4, 2013
- National Governors Association, "2013-2014 Committees," accessed November 26, 2013
- National Governors Association, "List of NGA Chairs," accessed November 26, 2013