Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science and director of the National Center for Digital Government, has been named to a list of the “100 Most Influential People in Digital Government” for the second year in a row.
The list, compiled by Apolitical, a peer-to-peer learning platform for governments, recognizes people making the biggest impact in digital government around the world. Honorees include academics, politicians, civil servants, and activists who are “working to raise the profile of digital transformation and … whose efforts are driving government into the future,” according to Apolitical.
“We’ve seen growing momentum around digital to solve policy issues and design better services for citizens around the world,” said Lisa Witter, Apolitical’s executive chair. “As this burgeoning field continues to grow, so too does the breadth of people and perspectives driving change. This list celebrates the people behind this tremendous progress.”
Fountain is an adjunct distinguished professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences; director of the UMass Amherst Science, Technology, and Society Initiative and an elected fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. Among other awards, she is Federal 100 awardee, an inaugural senior fellow of the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics section, and a 2012 recipient at UMass of the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed on faculty.
“It’s an honor to be included on this distinguished list of influential people in digital government,” Fountain said. “Scholars face critical tasks is updating research and teaching in public policy and management, in governance, and in many other fields to keep pace with the digitalization of information and communications.”
"Technology and governance is one of our main concerns in the School of Public Policy," said Director Alasdair Roberts. "We are fortunate that our students have the opportunity to work with one of the world's top experts in that field."
—Maureen Turner, communications manager, School of Public Policy
About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy prepares students to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.