Trachtenberg School Celebrates Professor David Brunori Becoming NAPA Fellow

October 09, 2018

What’s nonpartisan, nonprofit, Congressionally chartered and connected to 12 current Trachtenberg School professors? The National Academy of Public Administration, which has spent more than 50 years being an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations.

In order to fulfill their mission, NAPA adds a yearly class of Fellows to their current list of more than 850 Fellows. Being named a NAPA Fellow is both an honor and a responsibility. This year, Trachtenberg School professor David Brunori was elected a NAPA Fellow.

“David is a nationally recognized expert on state and local taxes, and his expertise will expand NAPA’s local government store of knowledge,” said Kathy Newcomer, director of the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. “Also, he is a very supportive and beloved instructor and mentor to our students.”

“It’s humbling to be a NAPA Fellow because I am in the company of national policy leaders including agency secretaries, members of Congress and flag officers and the foremost scholars in the field,” said Brunori.

The Academy elects new Fellows each year who demonstrate significant administrative experience, substantive scholarly contributions to public administration or other significant experience in the field, adherence to the highest ethical standards and a willingness and ability to participate in and contribute to the work of the organization.

Brunori’s experience working for a variety of organizations throughout his career, and his emphasis on state and local governments, contributed to his selection.

Some of the career hats Brunori wears include journalist, author, educator and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He currently has two jobs. Brunori is a partner at Quarles & Brady where he specializes in state and local taxation and he is a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where he teaches courses in state and local public finance, fiscal federalism and state politics and policy.  He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School.

He previously served as the Deputy Publisher at Tax Analysts and as contributing editor to State Tax Notes magazine. He has published numerous books and articles on state and local tax policy. And, he served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington, D.C. law firm.

“I have had a varied career working for tremendous organizations,” Brunori said. “But teaching at the Trachtenberg School has been the best thing I have ever done. The school has given me the opportunity to teach students who will be the leaders of the next generation.”

Now that he’s adding NAPA Fellow to his resume, Brunori hopes to help NAPA increase their reach by working more locally.

“My goal as a NAPA Fellow is to help the organization expand its influence in the state and local government field,” he said. “NAPA has traditionally been focused on the federal government. I hope to work with the growing number of fellows working in and studying state and local government. I am passionate about my field. And I hope to bring that passion to NAPA.”