For more information about the SAGE program, please contact:
Austin Price
Associate Manager
Partnership for Public Service
(202) 775-6960

Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE)

Our federal government faces unprecedented management challenges in the 21st century. Integral to its success in effectively serving the American people are its Chief Acquisition Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Human Capital Officers and Chief Information Officers.

The Partnership for Public Service’s Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE) program connects these senior-level executives in government with their predecessors who are now in the private sector, providing them an opportunity to leverage prior public sector experience to transform government and improve its performance. The SAGE program is currently comprised of the following communities:

  • Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO)
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFO)
  • Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO)
  • Chief Information Officers (CIO)
  • Chief Operating Officers (COO)


With their extensive experience, SAGEs guide senior-level executives in government through the complex environment of the federal workforce, including the various political, management, legal and fiduciary demands of their position. SAGEs share knowledge, ideas and best practices to help these federal executives accelerate their ability to carry out the required responsibilities, contributing to more efficient and effective government leadership. These officials are granted access to a unique network of subject matter experts who want to give back to government and continue their involvement in public service.

SAGEs engage their public sector counterparts through Workshops, thought leadership sessions, expert Roundtables, and two-day orientation Boot Camps. In addition, each SAGE community produces a Roadmap relevant to its specific discipline. The Federal CAO, CFO, CIO and CHCO Roadmaps provide high-level views of the fiduciary and other responsibilities of the positions and include guidance on the traits of an effective federal executive.

View a list of active SAGE members


  • Help federal senior-level executives transform government and improve its performance by:
    • Providing continuous learning opportunities on cross-management issues that impact their ability to successfully deliver mission and business results;
    • Informing these executives on successful implementation of discipline-specific best practices; and
    • Creating a forum for thought leadership, information exchange and cross-community collaboration among these executives in government and their predecessors now in the private sector.
  • Ensure government is more innovative, efficient and results-oriented through effective leadership.

Requirements for SAGE membership

  • Serve as a Principal for Public Service at the Partnership
  • Demonstrated record of exceptional service in the public sector as a former federal:
    • CXO;
    • Deputy CXO;
    • CXO, Deputy CXO equivalent; or
    • Presidential appointee or Congressional confirmed.
  • Nomination by a current SAGE or Partnership senior staff member and approved by SAGE community; and
  • Willingness and desire to give back to the public sector.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.