The National Program Achievement Award is presented by NLTAPA to an individual (or individuals) in recognition of their dedication, leadership, and effectiveness in promoting the goals and purposes of the National Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Program through service to the Association (NLTAPA).


Any current or former employee of an LTAP or TTAP center, an FHWA program office, or a partner organization (broadly defined).

Selection Criteria:

Significance and robustness of the impact of the nominee’s accomplishments on the future of the national LTAP/TTAP program, with consideration for the type and duration of the services performed at the national level.

Leadership quality, particularly demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively with constituencies beyond the local level.

Dedication and effort, going beyond expectation and beyond the regular job description.

Selection Process:

Selection of the recipient(s) is made by vote of the three NLTAPA Executive Committee Officers (President, President-Elect, and Vice-President) and a representative from the Professional Development Workgroup. In the event one of these individuals is nominated for this award, the individual would be removed from the voting process and the EC Officers would select an alternate voter.

The 2024 award(s) will be presented to the recipient(s) at the 2024 summer conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Submitting a Nomination:

Please email the completed nomination form with any supporting attachments to the NLTAPA Professional Development Workgroup Co-Chair, Mary McCarthy at

The full nomination is available for download here.

For a list of past winners, please visit our Past Award Recipients page!