Dr. Sheila Toppin is a career public administrator and educator. She served as a state parole officer in Georgia, and an officer/supervisor with the United States District Court in Georgia and North Carolina. She earned a Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University, a Master of Public Administration at Clark Atlanta University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Illinois State University. Currently, Dr. Toppin serves as an Associate Professor in Clark Atlanta University’s Public Administration Department with a social policy research focus. She has published several articles, conducted many presentations, and serves in the Public Administration profession through active participation in the American Society for Public Administration, Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, and the Conference for Minority Public Administrators. She also serves as the MPA Internship Coordinator and Public Administration Alumni Network Faculty Liaison at Clark Atlanta University. In addition, Dr. Toppin has served as the ASPA-GA President (2019-2020), ASPA-GA Vice President (2018-2019), Secretary (2016-2018), Treasurer (2016-2018), and Council Member (2014-2016), Dr. Toppin volunteers in a local school district and at Margie's House, a nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged senior women and their families.