Public Works Staff
Dianne Stewart began the program that is now Public Works in 2002, with the goal of building support for an effective, accountable, and well-resourced public sector that can address the challenges our nation faces in the 21st century. This effort was dedicated to the idea that our economy can and should offer opportunities for all Americans and that government has a particularly important role to play in ensuring this happens. Public Works now works with leaders in 34 states to build an articulate constituency that can successfully make the case for the public structures and systems that we have built over generations and that helped create and maintain the quality of life we expect in this country.
Ms. Stewart’s work – spanning the last 30 years – has focused on carrying out these ideals. Prior to leading Public Works, Ms. Stewart founded and ran the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to building the economic and social well-being of low-income Texans. CPPP influenced public policy by providing timely, credible, understandable data-based research and analysis and using that research and analysis to advocate for policy change. This work, as well as previous work in Texas state government, in Washington, D.C., and in the private sector all converged on goals of creating effective government.