The Savannah Metropolitan Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) was all smiles this month in Oakland, CA during Forum 2009.
In addition to attending workshops and sessions in developing, managing and sustaining healthy communities and hearing from dynamic speakers such as former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, and Kathey Porter becoming the first Savannah graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute (E.L.I), the Savannah Metropolitan Chapter was presented with the Yvette Harris Membership Award for the largest growth in membership in the country during the last year.
In accepting the award for the chapter, President Van R. Johnson, II said, “This award is the result of the effort of many dedicated and committed public servants that live and work everyday in the greater Savannah community – when originally faced with the challenge of growing a chapter, we asked ourselves the simple question, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”
The mission of the NFBPA is embodied in the organization’s commitment to strengthen the position of African Americans within the field of public administration; to increase the number of African Americans appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and, to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.
The Savannah Metropolitan Chapter is the fasted growing chapter in the nation, with members in Chatham, Liberty, Long, Glynn counties and in the low country of South Carolina.
For more information on NFBPA, please go to www.nfbpa.org and for more information on the Savannah Metropolitan Chapter, please go to www.nfbpasavannah. org .