Introduced in 2018, Essentials in Public Administration is a professional development program for early and mid-career professionals who seek or recently obtained a managerial position (overseeing a program area and/or staff) in state and local government or in nongovernmental organizations working with government. The introduction of this program coincided with the addition of two new categories of SAPA membership: New Professional and Associate Fellow. Essentials will continue as a yearly program.

Essentials gives public administration professionals an opportunity to learn more about relevant issues of public administration and to network with one another and with and senior-career professionals in New York State. Essentials also helps arrange mentoring relationships.

Senior SAPA members are invited to attend Essentials sessions to network with and mentor promising professionals who are participating in this program.

To apply as a participant or mentor, please send an email to the Essentials Program Director at