Lynn C Ross


Teaching Professor


McCourt School of Public Policy
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Lynn C. Ross is the Faculty Director of the Master of Policy Management Program (MPM). She teaches Public Management (PPOL-550) and Program Evaluation (PPOL-558) in the MPM Program, and she teaches Public Policy Process (PPOL-510) and Public Management (PPOL-514) in the Master of Public Policy Program. Ross also serves as the Practicum Director for the MA in American Government Program, and she teaches Executive Branch Politics and Policymaking (GOVT-629) for Georgetown’s Government Department. In 2014, she received the McCourt School's Leslie Whittington Award for excellence in teaching.

Ross trains new Foreign Service Officers on effective communication at the U.S. State Department's National Foreign Affairs Training Center, she works with executives and the Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation, and she has trained aspiring executives through the U.S. Department of Defense's Senior Leader Development Program. She is also a frequent speaker for international audiences.

Before returning to academe, Ross worked for the U.S. Federal Government for almost 15 years. She served in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1994-2001, and graduated from OMB’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2000. She started her Federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where she served as a personnel management specialist and as a budget officer. She was one of two OPM employees chosen for the federal government’s Executive Potential Program.

Dr. Ross has had experience working on Capitol Hill with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, as well as with the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense. She has received more than a dozen professional awards in government for outstanding service and special achievement.

Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in American Government from Georgetown University.

Her academic interests focus on the bureaucracy, the presidency, presidential electoral politics, and budgetary politics. She has written chapters in academic compilations on democratic government and presidential elections. She has delivered numerous papers at academic and professional conferences, and she authored a book-length annotated bibliography and resource guide on career advancement in the Federal service. Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Ross now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her son Sam.