John E. Saunders, III is Executive Director for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), headquartered in Washington, D.C. The NFBPA is a national professional membership association dedicated to the advancement of Black leadership in the public sector. Founded in 1983, the NFBPA is the nation’s premier association of Black public leadership with over 2,700 members representing more than 350 jurisdictions, in 40 states. NFBPA provides intensive training and professional development programs and access to its powerful network of national Black public leadership representing virtually every discipline in state and local government.
Mr. Saunders earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Central State University (Ohio) and a master’s degree in Human Service Administration from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). His additional training includes completion of executive management programs at LaSalle College, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Duke University. Mr. Saunders holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives, is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Mr. Saunders began his career as a credit and financial analyst with Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. He served with the US Army in both Vietnam and Germany. His career with the National Urban League began in 1976 where he specialized in employment and training programs until being appointed Senior Vice President in 1978. Mr. Saunders was President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford from 1983 to 1988. In 1988, Mr. Saunders was appointed Deputy Labor Commissioner for the State of Connecticut, a position he held until 1997. In that capacity he provided overall coordination of the state’s programs of education and training for employment, led the successful reorganization of the state’s governance and operational delivery systems for employment services, and administered the state’s employment security services including substantial involvement in Connecticut’s welfare reform efforts.
Mr. Saunders has a long history of extensive involvement in various community and civic activities. A few of his current activities include: Consortium for International Management Policy and Development; National Academy of Public Administration – International Standing Panel, Social Equity Panel, and Africa Working Group; National Urban Fellows, Inc.; Tuscan Brotherhood Homes, Inc.; and American Leadership Forum. Mr. Saunders is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Briarwood College and a member of the Bachelor Benedict Club and Tuscan Lodge No. 17, F.& A.M., PH.