Announcing LPSA’s Inaugural Board of Directors

The Local Public Sector Alliance (LPSA) seeks to promote inclusive, equitable societies and sustainable global development by enhancing the understanding of decentralization and localization as complex, cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder reforms.

In pursuit of this mission, the Local Public Sector Alliance aims to elevate the debate on public sector decentralization and localization, by maintaining Decentralization.Net as a global convening place for policy makers and researchers interested in decentralization and localization; by hosting webinars; by preparing and supporting research and learning; by supporting decentralization and localization reforms; and by offering online courses.

As the organization continues to evolve and grow in an effort to achieve these goals, the Alliance is excited to announce a few exciting developments.

Incorporation as a Non-Profit Organization

Earlier this year, the Local Public Sector Alliance was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, and was officially recognized by the U.S. Government as a non-profit organized for educational and scientific research purposes. With this change in organizational structure, the Alliance will be able to grow more rapidly to its full potential in support of the global community of practice.

LPSA’s Inaugural Board of Directors

Under this new organizational structure, the Alliance is governed by its five-member Board of Directors. Reflecting the global, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary nature of the the global community of practice interested in decentralization and localization, the Board comprises five professionals working in the field that each brings considerable experience as well as their unique perspectives and insights to the leadership of the Alliance.

The Inaugural LPSA Board of Directors (2022 – 2023)

Jamie Boex is the Executive Director of the Local Public Sector Alliance and chairs the Board of Directors. He is a senior public finance expert with experience in decentralization, localization and public sector reforms in over 25 countries around the world.

Chas Cadwell is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.. His current work targets the political economy of intergovernmental decision-making. Chas is a member of the Board of Directors and the Secretary of the Local Public Sector Alliance.

Astrid Haas is an independent urban economist based in Kampala, Uganda, supporting cities on urbanization strategy, particularly in the area unleashing new opportunities for sub-national financing. Astrid is a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Public Sector Alliance.

Paul Smoke is a Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Public Sector Alliance.

Dr. Rose Camille Vincent is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Public Economics of ETH Zürich. Rose is a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Public Sector Alliance.

Local Public Sector Alliance Board of Advisors

One of the first acts of the Board of Directors was to establish the LPSA Advisory Board. The primary role of the Advisory Board is to make sure that the Alliance is informed by, and serves the needs of, the global community of practice on decentralization and localization. The Board of Advisors is led by Dr. Serdar Yilmaz, a Lead Public Sector Specialist in the Governance Global Practice at the World Bank. LPSA’s Board of Advisors continues to grow with the aim of representing the diversity of institutions, disciplines, global regions, and sectors interested in decentralization and local development.

If you are interested in joining LPSA’s Board of Advisors, please contact Serdar Yilmaz or Mirna Dave ( for more information.