MMANC POSITION: Communications Director
AGENCY NAME: City of Oakland
POSITION WITH AGENCY: Assistant to the City Administrator
DEPARTMENT: City Administrator’s Office
WHY I WANTED TO JOIN THE BOARD: I wanted to continue on the board for a second year because I deeply care about the future of the local government profession and I wanted a leadership role in making relevant curriculum to members accessible. In addition, I wanted to expand my network of colleagues throughout Northern California. We have more in common than most think and I really enjoy learning about other local government’s priorities and issues.
MMANC’S TOP TWO STRENGTHS ARE: 1) Membership consists of broad mix of individuals serving their respective local governments in specialized and generalist roles. 2) Strength in Numbers – MMANC has consistently increased their membership numbers and have increased the amount and quality of regional events offered. Kudos!
MY MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE TO DATE: Meeting then-St. Helena City Manager Jennifer Philips at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Summit and asking her to be my CGL mentor all in a quick but fruitful hallway conversation! Also – along with the Region 4 team, having a role in putting together the Diversity Uncovered trainings.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017
I WOULDN’T MISS AN MMANC EVENT IF WE HELD IT IN: Lake Tahoe or Yosemite.
I WISH MMANC WOULD HOST AN EVENT COVERING: Policy formation with an equity lens. This is applicable to all communities regardless of demographics, size or location.
MY WORK & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Problem solving and triaging complex issues. I consider myself an ultimate generalist and have been lucky to have worked on and been exposed to most facets of local government service delivery so far in my career.
MY DREAM JOB DUTIES WOULD INCLUDE: My professional goal is to be a City Manager providing a leadership role in developing and executing public policy and problem solving complex issues.
WHAT KEEPS ME EXCITED ABOUT WORKING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS: The community’s need and the ability at the local level to make impactful change. Given the recent political shift at the national level, now more than ever this sentiment is relevant.
THE EVENT OR PERSON THAT INSPIRED ME TO WORK IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT: My history class in high school and learning about public policy. I wanted to be a part of helping government work on a local level and serve communities of varying needs.
WHO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST AND WHY (HISTORICAL OR CURRENT): My dad, he worked hard labor tirelessly most of his life with determination, energy and purpose.