Who Are You? with Blaise Caudill, Alliance for Innovation

As part of a grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles.


Blaise Caudill (LinkedIn and Twitter) is a Research & Management Intern for the Alliance for Innovation. He is enrolled in the Arizona State University MPA program. He is the recipient of the 2015 Northern Arizona University, Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award.

Complete the following sentences.

In 2016, I will…

drink a lot of coffee! As I work toward completing my Masters in Public Administration through the Marvin Andrews Fellowship, I am sure there will be a lot of late nights and meetings with coffee involved.

I joined ELGL because…

it is a grassroots way to connect with local government professionals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities.

On my way to work, I am thinking about how hot is is in Phoenix…

and about how I am looking forward to whatever new projects or connections I’ll have the chance to engage with that day.

Once I win the lottery, I will…giphy

invest, invest, invest. Only after paying off my student loans and taking a trip to Paris, though. Oh, and open a restaurant that only serves brunch foods.

You should probably know that I…

firmly believe that local governments are the laboratories of governance and I love being able to experiment in them. I am passionate and eager to make a difference.

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

Police departments should equip each officer with a body camera.

Agree and Disagree; This is a vastly complicated issue. Whereas I agree that we need to protect the rights of both policemen and citizens, equipping every police officer with a body camera is expensive and cumbersome when handling the amount of data produced. Additionally, it acts more as a band-aid over the actual issue of improving officer-citizen relations. There are better solutions to this issue.

I am well versed on my retirement benefits.funny-snapchat-1

Disagree; after financial literacy programs were cut in high schools, learning about retirement benefits requires a lot of additional work that I have not done quite yet. #MyToDoList

I have no idea, nor do I care, how to use Snapchat.

Entirely Disagree; Snapchat is an invaluable tool to connect with others and allows for the world to explore with you.

I rather be an assistant manager than the manager.

Somewhat Agree; Whereas my ultimate goal is to be a City Manager, I am very committed to making a difference, so, if that happens to be as an Assistant Manager, than I will be happy to work in that capacity.

I am a big user of the sharing economy.

Agree; Whereas I might not use Uber, AirBnB, etc., all the time, I think it is a great way to connect the world. Just like Snapchat, the sharing economy is a tool to be used in order to build and maintain a strong community.