Bob Lavigna

Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement

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Bob Lavigna is Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement. He was Assistant Vice Chancellor-Human Resources for the main campus of the University of Wisconsin, where he directs central HR services for a 16,000-person workforce. Previously, he was Vice President-Research for the Partnership for Public Service, where his research portfolio included “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” Earlier in his career, he was Senior Manager of Consulting for CPS HR Consulting, and Administrator of the state of Wisconsin merit system. Bob began his career in the federal government, by serving with the U.S. Government Accountability Office for 17 years. 

The organizations Bob has led have received awards from the Ford Foundation, International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR), Urban League, Council of State Governments, National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and others.

Bob’s individual awards include selection as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine, and the highest individual achievement awards from IPMA-HR and NASPE. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was the first HR official to be awarded a “Henry Toll Fellowship” from the Council of State Governments.

Bob is a past national president of IPMA-HR, and the Personnel Section of the American Society for Public Administration. He writes frequently for professional publications and is the author of three book chapters on HR. His first full-length book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance, was published by the American Management Association. Bob has a B.A. in public affairs from George Washington University and an M.S. in HR from Cornell University.