Frank H. Shafroth is an attorney and a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He currently serves as Director of the State and Local Government Leadership Center at George Mason University, where he teaches graduate levels classes in ethics, public policy, and governing; he is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at George Washington University.
Shafroth produces digital weekly eNews on federal, judicial, and state and local issues and developments for state and local leaders across the country; he writes eBlogs several mornings each week on critical developments related to municipal bankruptcy developments. At the Center, he has been responsible for writing and editing in-depth reports on the fiscal challenges of Detroit, San Bernardino, Stockton, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Chicago. He has been a regular columnist for Governing and State Tax Notes. He previously served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) and as a counsel for former U.S. Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.), and as an assistant counsel for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. He has served as Director of Policy and Federal Relations for the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities, and the Municipal Securities Rules Making Board. His graduate school classes for senior leaders of Northern Virginian local governments have produced guidebooks for local and state leaders on how to address financial distress, aging, ethics, and changing demography. The current leaders are producing a guidebook for local elected officials on the rapid development of self-driving cars: what are the implications for state and local leaders?
Early in his career, Shafroth served in the Peace Corps in Gbaepo Grebo Konweaken, in Liberia, and in Barranquilla, Colombia. He then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader in Bogota. In that capacity, he worked with the Minister of Justice to train Peace Corps Volunteers to work in prisons and detention centers throughout the country. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Shafroth and his wife, Marcia, are active in two Alexandria, VA non-profit organizations that provide emergency assistance, health care, and nutrition for low-income families. He has been a Masters swimming coach for more than 30 years.