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The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) is one of America’s leading national organizations committed to excellence in public service and public administration in city, county, state and federal government.

Our History

COMPA was established in 1977 as a broad-based minority section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The Hampton Roads Virginia Section of COMPA was organized in June 1979. Our goal is to create a professional leadership coalition which is designed to appeal to the needs of managers and other professionals in the public and private sector. Our members are highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable in their respected fields.

The purpose of this organization is to:


Uphold the principles of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators and the American Society for Public Administration;


Provide a forum to promote the continual skills refinement and upgrading to minority administrators;


Promote the recruitment of minorities for leadership positions in public administration at all levels of government;


Provide leadership in the elimination of discriminatory practices in the public sector; and


Improve the quality of life of citizens and underserved populations through training and exemplary public service.

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our nationwide partnership

The American Society for Public Administration, was organized in 1939 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life through better public service. ASPA addresses all professional levels, including practitioners in local, state, regional and federal government, academicians, students, and business and community leaders who discuss their concerns, ex-change ideas, share knowledge and take positions on issues that confront the profession.

ASPA offers publications, conferences, education, research and various special services, many of which are implemented through the organization’s many chapters in major governments, education centers, and through ASPA functional sections and committees. Visit their website:

  • 120 chapters nationwide
  • 10,000 members
  • 19 sections in specific areas of administration. 

We're also proud members of COMPA
the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

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Conference of Minority Public Administrators
P.O. Box 1552
Norfolk, VA 23501


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