GRA Reporter: A legend retires and the July conference

GRA Conference

Another reminder to save the date for the next GRA conference: July 21-24 in St. Pete, Florida at the The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. This is an exciting opportunity for any policy wonk! Our thanks to Dominic Calabro and his team at Florida Tax Watch for what promises to be both interesting and a lot of fun. New this year to the conference will be two separate tracks: policy sessions and skills sessions. Bring your whole team and learn how to leverage social media, survey platforms, as well as build your own organizational podcasts leaving the conference with your own original content.

We are happy to announce that Thomas Ross, president of The Volker Alliance, will be our key note speaker hitting on the hot topic of state government budgets.

Career Opportunities

Founded in 1915, the Center for Governmental Research is a nonprofit research consulting corporation committed to the public interest. Their research consulting is sought by government agencies, educational institutions, community nonprofits and philanthropic institutions throughout the United States. They currently have three open positions to be filled.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Stefko Ph. D., President & CEO of the Center for Governmental Research, is stepping down and moving into a new role focusing on regional economic development. CGR is seeking a dynamic and strategically-focused leader to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate possesses deep experience in at least one of CGR’s main consulting research areas – government, education, nonprofits, philanthropy, health / human services and economics / public finance – and a demonstrated record of professional accomplishment and community engagement in a managerial or similar position of organizational leadership.

CGR’s Board of Trustees invites nominations from qualified individuals for this position. The Search Committee requests nominations be sent to Karen Yorks ( Nominations should include an attached resume focused to the position specifications and CGR’s areas of focus, as well as three references who can address the nominee’s qualifications and ability to be successful in this role. Individuals can self-nominate. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and self-identification form via email to Karen Yorks. The search will remain open until filled, but only nominations received by April 12 can be assured full consideration.


It’s time to renew your membership in the GRA. We recently emailed out renewal forms, so look for them in your inbox. If your organization did not receive one, email Nancy Rose at We have an exciting year ahead. In addition to the new website and GRA reporter, we are planning opportunities for members to connect through Slack. Know of other organizations or individuals who should be members of the GRA? Send them here to find out more.

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