Bob Lavigna

Director, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement

Bob Lavigna

Bob Lavigna is an award-winning public-sector HR leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience leading government organizations and programs. He is the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, dedicated to helping public-sector organizations measure and improve employee engagement as a key to organizational performance and service delivery.

Bob’s book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance (Harper Collins Publishing), is the first book to focus exclusively on employee engagement in the public sector.

Before joining CPS, Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of HR for the University of Wisconsin.He was also Vice President - Research for the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the public service by inspiring new generations to serve and helping transform government. Bob directed projects that included “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.”

He also previously served as Director of the state of Wisconsin merit system. Appointed by the Governor and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate, Bob is the longest-serving merit system director in state history. He began his career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where his positions included HR Director of GAO’s largest field office.

Bob is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was selected as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine. The organizations he has led also received innovation awards from that International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR), the Ford Foundation, Society for Human Resource Management, Urban League and others.

Bob is a past national president of IPMA-HR and chair of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Personnel and Labor Relations.

He writes frequently on HR topics and has spoken at events across the U.S. and in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.

Bob has a B.A. in Public Affairs from George Washington University and an M.S. in Human Resources from Cornell University.