Bob Knisely, Director of Project Next Generation
Bob Knisely has unequalled breadth of experience across the Executive Branch of the Federal government. During his thirty year career (including twenty years as a senior executive), he held positions in seven cabinet departments, a regulatory commission, and three independent agencies, as well as two Presidential initiatives and the 1973 energy crisis.
He has served on both sides of Presidential Transition Teams. He ran an interagency Federal program to fund the development of integrated municipal information systems at HUD. He created the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (one of the fifteen national statistical agencies) and he created a departmental program evaluation office at Commerce. He ran an agency-wide reduction in force at ACTION, and oversaw a 41% reduction in grants processing time at the National Endowment for the Arts. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at US DOT, he oversaw the development of three annual budget submissions. He participated in the creation and operation of Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review from Day One.
After leaving government he taught at St. Albans School for five years and spent one year in a dot.com startup. He continues his involvement with governance as a judge and site visitor for the Ash Institute's Innovations in American Government program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was sought out by Lester Salamon to teach a section of Salamon's graduate course, The Tools of Government, at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University in the spring of 2011.
Bob Knisely can be reached at Knisely@seniorexecs.org.