Center for Public Administration and Leadership
Hamline’s Center for Public Administration and Leadership (CPAL) provides a rich variety of professional development opportunities that address the needs of—and challenges facing—public sector professionals.
Choose from seminars, conferences, and certificate programs, all of which are designed to strengthen your skills and prepare you to take the lead in your organization.
Professional development offerings
Learn valuable skills and expand your professional networks by delving into current topics in public administration ranging from the certified public manager program to leadership in affordable housing.
Women in Public Service Conference
This popular annual event brings together key professionals in the field to examine the changing face of government and the way we do business in the public sector—particularly how we support women and the next generation of public servants.
Women in Public Service Seminars
Build upon your expertise and develop a compelling vision for yourself and those you serve with ongoing seminars that take an in-depth look at the issues and opportunities women who serve the common good encounter.
Learning partnership discounts available
Hamline partners with cities, counties, companies, and public nonprofit organizations to offer employees of those entities 10% off tuition to select master's programs, as well as a 10% discount on CPAL Certificate programs and events.
The Center for Public Administration and Leadership strengthens the practice of public service by providing opportunities for professional development and engaging dialogue on key issues. The center's mission is to develop excellent professional administrators who serve in all levels of government and positively impact the delivery of public services.
The purpose of the center is to highlight and support the contribution of Hamline’s Master of Public Administration graduates working in the five state region; to consolidate and expand continuing education efforts supporting public service in Minnesota; to provide networking opportunities for alumni in and among all levels of local government in the state; and to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of policy and administrative issues facing the local government community.
Jeannie Fox joined the faculty of Hamline University in 2015 with over 20 years experience in nonprofit organizations and public agencies. She also served as chief of staff to former Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie. Following a career as a senior manager in nonprofit direct service organizations, Fox lobbied on behalf of the nonprofit sector at all levels of government during a nine-year tenure as the deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She previously held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth campuses and was a 2012 State Department Legislative Fellow in the Dominican Republic. Fox’s publications include chapters in the textbooks Nonprofit Management 101 and The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations. As a CPAL Fellow and current doctoral student in Hamline's Management and Public Service program, Jeannie is currently editing a textbook on nonprofit advocacy slated for publication in 2021. Jeannie is also recognized on the Fulbright Specialist Roster as an expert in nonprofit management and public administration and provides training and consultation to programs worldwide.