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ACMP News: Board of Directors

Patrick McCreesh

Tuesday, May 9, 2017  
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I am a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton leading a team that focuses on the use of change management to drive the usage and adoption of data-driven decision-making. Over the last decade, I have led strategic planning, performance management, change management, and analytics programs across the U.S. federal government and Fortune 500 companies. My clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and many agencies within the departments. I also work across industries with non-profits, the hospitality industry, and entertainment/media companies. In all of these settings, the common theme is my ability to build a strong team to deliver against objectives.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, I worked in market research helping non-profit organizations and political campaigns use survey research to improve brands and more effectively appeal to donor or voter communities. I also worked extensively on voter advocacy and voter turnout programs. Working closely with non-profit organizations, I created branding strategies based on public opinion research and published multiple articles on the voting trends of different groups in the U.S. electorate. I graduated from The University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and History, received my Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and completed my Doctorate in Public Policy at George Mason University. I live in Alexandria, VA with my wife, Courtney, and our three daughters – Lizzie, Rose, and Bridget.

My passion for ACMP shines through my service for the organization and change management. I am a founding member of ACMP, a volunteer who founded the DC Chapter, a leader who served as the President of the ACMP DC chapter for three years, and a volunteer for the global who conducted a robust data analysis on past conference participation. I have been intimately involved in ACMP from the start and I was in the initial cohort of the CCMP. I contribute to the discipline by speaking at the 2016 ACMP Global Conference and I am slated to speak again at the 2017 Conference. My research on change management is published by Bloomberg Government and Public Manager, and I teach a course on Change Management in Georgetown University’s IT Management program.

I have seen ACMP from the start and I have a strategic view of the future of ACMP. I see the global as an organization that can provide the platform for the continued professionalization of change management. In short, my goal is to strengthen chapters across the globe, while continuing to define the discipline of change management. Specifically, I would like to see ACMP global:

  1. Support the chapters to further professionalize the discipline by helping the chapters bring Professional Development Units (PDUs) to the members to sustain the CCMP;
  2. Develop meaningful partnerships to support education, while remaining methodologically agnostic by publicly validating resources for members to affirm those programs that not only support the CCMP, but provide value to members; and
  3. Define the future of the discipline through research agenda-setting by defining the key topics in the discipline and harnessing the collective research power of the businesses, organizations, and universities converging through ACMP to not just usher the discipline, but drive it forward.

I am motivated by those I serve. I have a long history of working for community betterment. I served as a founding member of a community organizing group in Northern Virginia called VOICE. Inspired by the affordable housing issues I came to appreciate through VOICE, I was appointed to the Affordable Housing Committee by the City Council of Alexandria, VA. When I led the charge to start ACMP DC, I was quickly (and I still am) reminded that our volunteer work exists to help the members of our professional organization advance their own knowledge and careers. I believe that in order to support and build lasting institutions, one must have a sense of purpose that will outlast the tenure of the current position. For me, the people in ACMP, and those impacted by the change we lead, propel me. I hope to bring this energy to the ACMP Board.

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