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Patricia McGinnis is the President Emeritus of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Council for Excellence in Government. The mission of the Council is to improve the performance of government and to engage the public in the governance process and public service. In partnership with many other key public, private and nonprofit organizations and through its individual members—leaders in the private sector who have served in government—the Council serves as a catalyst for constructive change in government. The hallmarks of the Council’s work are bi-partisanship, collaboration, innovation and results in the public interest.
Before joining the Council in 1994, McGinnis was a founder and Principal of the FMR Group, a public strategy firm where she concentrated on education, energy and communications policy. In government, she served in the Office of Management and Budget, where she led the effort to create the U.S. Department of Education. She also held senior posts at the Senate Budget Committee, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services.
McGinnis serves on numerous committees and boards, including the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Steering Committee of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, the National Council of Advisors of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and is currently a Director of the Brown Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri, and LMI in McLean, Virginia.
She holds a B.A. in political science from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and a M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.