Mark A. Abramson

About Mark A. Abramson

Mark A. Abramson is President of Leadership Inc. The company specializes in assisting corporations and non-profits in the development of thought leadership, including publications and events. He is the co-editor of the recently published The Operators Manual for the New Administration and Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives. 

Career Overview

Mr. Abramson has had a unique career as a social entrepreneur. He was instrumental in establishing two cutting-edge organizations dedicated to improving management in government. In 1998, he created a knowledge management program that became the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He served as Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government from July 1998 to February 2007. During his tenure, the IBM Center published more than 160 reports and books on innovative approaches in the management of government and public service. As Executive Director, he oversaw all Center publications, Center events for government executives, The Business of Government magazine, the Business of Government radio hour, and the Center’s website. He planned and administered an on-going series of high profile events for government executives.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Abramson conceived and helped launched the Council for Excellence in Government. This innovative organization brings together former public officials now in private sector executive positions to champion management excellence as a core public sector competency. While serving as first President of the Council from 1983 to 1994 he created the strategic platforms of the Council: the Principals program, the Prune Book series, and the Excellence in Government Fellows program.

Involvement in the Public Management Community

Mr. Abramson began his career as a public servant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the United States Department of Health and Human Services where he became an active member in the public administration and public management communities. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Mr. Abramson is past President of the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration. He was recently appointed by the City Manager of Alexandria, Virginia to serve on the Citizens Advisory Group on Public Management. Since 1995, Mr. Abramson has served as an evaluator and team leader for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Abramson has also served on the selection panel for the Truman Scholars and on the Office of Personnel Management’s Pay Reform Task Force.


Mr. Abramson serves as editor of the Business of Government Book Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. He is also the author or editor of 17 books and has published more than 100 articles on public management. From 2005 to 2008, he served on the editorial board of the Public Administration Review as Case Study Editor. He has also served as a Contributing Editor to Government Executive and as a member of the Board of Editors and Forum Editor for The Public Manager. Mr. Abramson was awarded the Laverne Burchfield Award for his article “The Leadership Factor,” which was selected as the Best Book Review of the year published in Public Administration Review.