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Meet the 2023 Nominees! Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

The 2023 Nomination Cycle is now closed. Get to know the 2023 nominees below and check back in the coming weeks for announcements about the winners.
Nomination Criteria

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has honored and recognized federal career executives for the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated dedication to superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and nurturing future managers.

Award recipients are not only committed to mission success, but also inspire those they lead, consistent with the career of the extraordinary public servant for whom the Award is named.

Roger Jones (February 3, 1908 - May 28, 1993) served seven U.S. presidents over four decades, including tours as Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.

He extolled the importance of public administration and service, stressing the need to provide professional education for public managers.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a ceremony hosted by American University during the Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference and receive a $2,500 cash award.


Pius Aiyelawo, Chief Operating Officer, National Institutes of Health

Nicholas Boshears, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ruth Buckley, Deputy Assistant Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development

Alberto Flores, Port Director U.S. Customs & Border Protection

James Izzard, Deputy Inspector General Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

Francine Kerner, Chief Counsel Transportation Security Administration

Jason Malmstrom, Assistant Inspector General Department of Justice  Office of Inspector General

Bryan Musselman, Deputy Chief Financial Officer Internal Revenue Service

Amy Peeples, Deputy Director Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Victoria Short, Executive Director  Office of Procurement Operations Department of Homeland Security

Kathryn Yurkanin, Principal Deputy Department of the Army

James Amato, Executive Technical Director U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command

Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Holly Carey, Chief Financial Officer Army National Guard

Mark Freeman, Director of  the Civil Division’s Appellate Staff Department of Justice

Alfred Johnson, Deputy Director of Management National Institutes of Health

Giget Kuroski, Section Chief Federal Bureau of Investigation

Edward Mays, Deputy Assistant Commissioner U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Robert Owens, Deputy Inspector General  Department of Health and Human Services  Office of Inspector General

Raphael Ramos, Warden Federal Bureau of Prisons

Deborah Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Dianne Babski, Associate Director for Library Operations National Institutes of Health

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Deputy Inspector General Department of the Interior, Office of  Inspector General

Casey Durst, Executive Director of Operations U.S. Customs & Border Protection

L. Cristina Griffith, Assistant Director of Human Resource Management Federal Bureau of Prisons

Jacqueline Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior

Keith Lamirande, Executive Officer & Associate Director for Administration National Institutes of Health

Reginald Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer U.S. Agency for International Development

Kathryn Patterson, Division Counsel Internal Revenue Service

René Schwartzman, Director, Campus Examination Internal Revenue Service

Orice Williams Brown, Chief Operating Officer U.S. Government Accountability Office


Roger W. Jones Award Selection Committee 

Dr. Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs; Roger W. Jones Award Committee Chair, School of Public Affairs, American University

David S. C. Chu
President, Institute for Defense Analyses; Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration

Ed Deseve
Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration; Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education; former Special Adviser to the President

Mortimer Downey
President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Terry Gerton
President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

Sallyanne Harper
Past President, Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; Member Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

David Mader
Civilian Sector Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

Bob Tobias
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence; Former Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs