Pat McGinnis is President and CEO of the Council for Excellence in Government. "Before coming to the Council, McGinnis was a co-founder and Principal of the FMR Group, a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Earlier, she was a member of the strategic planning and government practice of Cresap, McCormick & Paget, an international management consulting firm. In government, she served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Senate Budget Committee, and the Departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services.
"McGinnis has served on numerous committee and boards, including the Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Board of Visitors are the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is currently a Director of the Brown Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri, and Imagitas, Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts.
"She holds a B.A. in political science from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and a M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University." 
She serves on the board of governors of the Partnership for Public Service.
- "Biography", Accessed January 2007.