Dr. Ray Scheppach retired as the executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA) in March 2011, a post he held since 1983. He is currently serving a joint appointment at the University of Virginia as a professor of practice of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and as a senior fellow for economic policy at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Prior to his position at NGA, Dr. Scheppach worked for seven years at the Congressional Budget Office, serving the last two years as deputy director. Previous to that, he worked for seven years in economic consulting and two years as an economist with the Standard Oil Company (Ohio).
Under his leadership, NGA became one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, ranked 12th by Fortune magazine in its 1999 annual survey of the most influential trade associations, labor unions, and interest groups. As an advocate for federalism, Dr. Scheppach has testified before Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors on numerous occasions.
He has written numerous professional articles on various public policy issues and has authored and co-authored four books on economics, including co-writing the 1984 book New Directions in Economic Policy: An Agenda for the 1980s. His specializations include federal and state budgets, health care policy, energy policy, and United States competitiveness in the world economy.
Dr. Scheppach is one of the country’s foremost experts on the role of government in the new economy. He co-authored, with Frank Shafroth, a chapter entitled, “Intergovernmental Finance in the New Global Economy” in the 2008 book Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century by Paul Posner and Tim Conlon.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Connecticut.