Sketches of Members
Performance Measurement Advisory Council
Mortimer L. Downey III
Mortimer L. Downey, III has been named a principal consultant at PBConsult,
a Parsons Brinckerhoff subsidiary providing advisory and management consulting
services to public and private owners, developers, financers and builders of
infrastructure projects worldwide. PBConsult helps decision makers determine
how best to develop infrastructure assets, deliver cost-effective physical systems
and provide the vital services that build and sustain economic growth.
Mr. Downey held the position of U.S. deputy secretary of transportation for
eight years, becoming the longest serving individual in that post. As the Department's
chief operating officer, Mr. Downey developed the agency's highly regarded strategic
and performance plans and had program responsibilities for operations, regulation
and investments in land, sea, air and space transportation. He also served on
the President's Management Council, as Chairman of the National Science and
Technology's Committee on Technology, as a member of the Trade Promotion Coordinating
Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger
Corporation (Amtrak). In a prior Administration he had served as an Assistant
Secretary of the Department.
Previously, Mr. Downey was the executive director and chief financial officer
of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the nation's largest
independent public authority. Over a 12 year period, he directed MTA capital
programs totaling over $20 billion, including development of new public and
private financing techniques, and responsibility for oversight of capital project
designs, budgets, schedules and performance. He has also worked at the U.S.
House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, and at the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Downey has received numerous professional awards, including election to
the National Academy of Public Administration, where he serves as Chairman of
the Board of Directors. He was the 1999 recipient of the American Society of
Public Administration's Truitt Award for transportation management. He received
the Frank Turner Lifetime Achievement award from the Transportation Research
Board, a lifetime achievement award from the American Public Transportation
Association, the Leadership Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society
of America and the Member of the Year Award from the Women's Transportation
Seminar. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Eno Transportation
Foundation and is serving on the National Academy of Science's Committee on
Science & Technology Countermeasures to Terrorism.
A 1958 graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science, Mr. Downey
earned his masters degree in Public Administration from New York University,
completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and
served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He resides in
William Eggers is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Manhattan Institute
(manhattan-institute.org), where he is working on a book on how digital technologies
are transforming government.
He is the former Manager of the Texas Performance Review and Project Director
for e-Texas, a state initiative charged with developing recommendations to save
tax dollars, increase the use of technology, improve customer service and inject
private-sector competition into state services.
Eggers managed performance reviews of Texas government that identified over
$2.5 billion worth of savings and non-tax revenues for the state. Over 60 percent
of the recommendations in the reviews were enacted into law. Mr. Eggers also
served as a Commissioner for the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission
and a designee on the Texas Council on Competitive Government.
In addition, Eggers was the Chair of the Government Reform Policy Committee
for then Governor George W. Bush during his presidential campaign. In this capacity
he coordinated research for the campaign in e-government, privatization, civil
service reform, government performance, procurement and other cross-cutting
Mr. Eggers is the former Director of Government Reform at the Reason Public
Policy Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank. A nationally recognized expert
on government reform, Eggers is the 1996 winner of the prestigious Roe Award
for leadership and innovation in public policy research. Mr. Eggers is also
the co-author of Revolution at the Roots: Making our Government Smaller, Better,
and Closer to Home (The Free Press). The book was named the winner of the 1996
Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award for the book "making the
greatest contribution to the understanding of the free economy during the past
two years." Prior to joining the Reason Foundation, Mr. Eggers assisted
reformers in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with the transition
from socialist to free-market economies as a policy analyst at The Heritage
Foundation in Washington, D.C. Mr. Eggers has advised dozens of cities, states,
and foreign countries and trained hundreds of public officials on restructuring
Mr. Eggers graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at San
Harry P. Hatry
Harry P. Hatry is a Principal Research Associate and Director of the Public
Management Program for The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. He has been a
leader in developing performance management/measurement and evaluation procedures
for public agencies since 1970. He has worked with federal, state, and local
agencies to develop outcome measurement procedures for a wide variety of public
He has provided assistance on Government Performance and Results Act-related
activities to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human
Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program.
He assisted a consortium of 35 large U.S. cities and counties to develop comparative
performance information, establish benchmarks, and provide best-practice information
on a number of basic municipal services. He recently assisted the United Way
of American to develop training materials on outcome monitoring for private,
non-governmental, human service agencies.
He is a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. He was a member
of the U.S. Department of Education's external Evaluation Review (Advisory)
Panel. He is a member of the United Way of Americas Task Force on Outcome Measurement.
Donald F. Kettl
Donald F. Kettl is Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at the
Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow in Washington's Brookings Institution.
Kettl recently chaired the Wisconsin Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Campaign
Finance Reform and the Wisconsin Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on State-Local
Partnerships for the 21st Century.
Professor Kettl is a student of public policy and public management, specializing
in the design and performance of public organizations. He has appeared on national
television on shows ranging from Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News
to public television's News Hour, and on talk radio shows around the country.
He has testified frequently at congressional hearings in Washington and contributed
to op-ed pages in major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Chicago
Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. He also contributes a regular column to
Governing magazine, "Potomac Chronicles," which is read by leading
state and local government officials around the country.
Professor Kettl is the author or editor of a dozen books and monographs, including:
" The Transformation of Governance
" Environmental Governance: A Report on the Next Generation of Environmental
" The Global Public Management Revolution: A Report on the Transformation
" Reinventing Government: A Fifth-Year Report Card
" Civil Service Reform: Building a Government that Works
" Sharing Power: Public Governance and Private Markets
" Deficit Politics; and
" Leadership at the Fed.
He has also published widely in professional journals.
He has consulted for a broad array of public organizations, including the U.S.
Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury;
the Forest Service, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget,
the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal National Mortgage Association,
the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Commission on the Public
Service (Volcker Commission), and the National Commission the State and Local
Public Service (Winter Commission). He has advised the White House during both
Republican and Democratic administrations.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Wisconsin, Professor Kettl taught
at Vanderbilt University, the University of Virginia, and Columbia University.
Professor Kettl has earned his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Yale University.
He is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Academy of Public Administration.
He is also a shareholder in the Green Bay Packers.
Joseph Wright, Jr.
Joseph R. Wright is President and CEO of PanAmSat Corporation, one of the world's
largest providers of global satellite-based communications services; servicing
video/TV networks, news organizations, telecommunication companies, Internet
networks and others around the globe. Prior to joining PanAmSat in 2001, he
was Vice Chairman of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., that develops and operates Internet-fiber
based Network Access Point (NAP) centers in Miami, Sao Paulo, and Madrid. Mr.
Wright was also Chairman and Director of GRC International, Inc., that provided
advanced IT, Internet, and software technologies to government and commercial
customers, which was sold to AT&T in 2000. And he was Co-Chairman and Director
of Baker & Taylor Holdings, Inc., an international book/video/software distribution
and e-commerce company that is majority owned by the Carlyle Group.
Prior to entering the e-commerce and telecommunications world, Mr. Wright was
Vice Chairman, EVP and Director of W. R. Grace & Company from 1989 to 1994.
Before that, he was Deputy Director then Director of the Federal Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) under President Reagan, serving in the Cabinet and the Executive
Office of the President from 1982 to 1989. He was one of a few individuals who
received the Distinguished Citizens Award from the President. He was also Deputy
Secretary of the Department of Commerce, from 1981 to 1982 and was later on
the President's Export Council as Chairman of the Export Control Subcommittee.
Prior to the 1980's, Mr. Wright was President of Citicorp Retail Services and
Retail Consumer Services, credit card subsidiaries of Citibank, following positions
in the Federal Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, including acting Assistant
Secretary for Economic Affairs.
He began his career at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc. where he became one of
the youngest Partners and the Division Head of the Growth Services consulting
business after receiving an MIA from Yale University and a BS from Colorado
School of Mines. In addition to the Boards mentioned above, Mr. Wright also
currently serves on the Board of Advisors/Directors of AT&T Government Markets,
Titan Corporation, Verso Technologies, Terremark Worldwide, Proxim Corporation
and Fairmarket. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Council
for Excellence in Government, Chief Executives Organization, Committee for a
Responsible Federal Budget, the Federal Communications Commission's Network
Reliability and Interoperability Council and the New York Economic Club. He
lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City.