First organized in 1979 as the Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations, CUPSO supports university-based public service institutes in their efforts to assist state and local governments on a range of contemporary issues and challenges. CUPSO facilitates networking, information exchange, and collaboration among its member institutions.
CUPSO members focus on:
CUPSO’s 2020-2021 Officers are:
Ashley Labosier joined CUPSO as director in July 2020. Previously she served as executive director of one of CUPSO's member centers: the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Ashley is a national writer and speaker on public engagement and transparency issues. She has a decade of experience training local government staff and elected officials to engage the full diversity of their residents meaningfully in local policy decisions, as well as designing and facilitating such public processes. Ashley is an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. She has a BA in Government from Patrick Henry College and an MPP from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.