WASHINGTON--The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce Barry Van Lare has been named director of the Office of Management Consulting and Training (OMCT). OMCT is responsible for direct consultation with governors and their staff on best practices for operations and management issues.

"We are pleased Barry Van Lare is returning to NGA," said Ray Scheppach, the association's executive director." As a nationally recognized expert on the fields of human services, government management and intergovernmental relations he is ideally suited to lead our Office of Management Consulting and Training."

Van Lare most recently served as the founder and executive director of the Welfare Information Network, the leading national source of information and technical assistance resources relating to the implementation of welfare and workforce development programs. In his previous tenure at NGA, Van Lare held the roles of deputy executive director, director of state services and director of the human resources committee. Throughout a distinguished career in the public sector, Van Lare has led social service programs at the local, state and federal levels and has held senior positions in both the legislative and executive branches.

"I am excited for the opportunity to return to NGA," said Van Lare. "I am anxious to use my experience in consulting and government service to benefit our nation's governors."

Van Lare received a BA in political science from the University of Rochester.

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NGA, founded in 1908, is the instrument through which the nation's governors collectively influence the development and implementation of national policy and apply creative leadership to state issues. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories, and two commonwealths. For more information about NGA and the Center for Best Practices, please visit www.nga.org.