ELGL’s board of directors provides policy direction and organization oversight. ELGL currently employs a full time executive director, and relies on a network of volunteers for all other program management, blogging, and event planning.
Ben Kittelson, Board of Directors
Ben Kittelson is a Sr. Budget & Management Analyst at the City of Durham, North Carolina and has helped run ELGL since May of 2013 when the Wyatts were looking for help babysitting and blogging. He also produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast and has a weekly column called Kittelson’s Corner. Ben has his Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University and his BA in Politics & Economics from Willamette University. Prior to coming to the City of Durham, Ben worked for two years at Guilford County, NC and interned at several municipalities in the Portland, OR region, including the City of Gresham, Oregon Metro, the City of West Linn and the City of Beaverton. Ben enjoys walking his dog, Franklin, and drinking hoppy craft beers.
Stacy Schweikhart, Board of Directors
Stacy Schweikhart serves as Community Information Manager for the City of Kettering, Ohio. She has more than 15 years of experience in public sector administration and leadership. Stacy earned her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) and has since served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the University of Dayton graduate Public Administration program and a Guest Lecturer for the Wright State University Public Policy program. She is Chair of the OCMA Next Generation Committee and serves on the University of Dayton MPA Advisory Board. She is an active contributor to research, essays and podcasts on the topic of attracting the next generation of local government leadership and strategies to #BuildTheBench and #BalanceTheBench. Stacy is also a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on topics related to public sector communication resources and policies, leveraging brand ambassadors in the public sector, citizen engagement and public relations.
Dan Weinheimer, Board of Directors
Dan Weinheimer is the Deputy County Manager in Routt County, Colorado. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in History and Sociology, from the University of Southern California with a Master of Public Administration and has completed the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) at the University of Virginia. Dan’s work experience has included stops as a Management Aide in Torrance, CA; Associate Analyst in Carlsbad, CA; Administrative Analyst in San Marcos, CA and Policy and Project Manager in Fort Collins, CO. His current role in Routt County provides management support to the County Manager and to County Commissioners while directly managing the Emergency Operations, Planning, Building and Environmental Health departments. Dan has been involved in both ICMA and regional assistants groups throughout his career. Since 2012, Dan has been an active member of ICMA’s Government Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC). He also was a member of the ICMA Breaking Into Local Government Task Force in 2011. He served the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) first as San Diego Chair and ultimately as President (2010-11). He has supported the Colorado Emerging Managers and Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) while in Colorado.
Kent Wyatt, Board of Directors
Kent Wyatt is a senior management analyst for the City of Tigard, Oregon and co-founder of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). Previously, he worked as a Senior Associate Legislative Analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission in Richmond, VA. He has served on the Clackamas County Budget Committee and West Linn-Wilsonville School District Long Range Planning Committee. Kent graduated from Elon University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and obtained his Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kirsten Wyatt, Executive Director
Kirsten Wyatt is the executive director and co-founder of ELGL. Previously, she served as Assistant City Manager of West Linn, Oregon. Also at the city of West Linn, she was employed as the Assistant to the City Manager and the Finance Analyst. Prior to her tenure in West Linn, she served as a budget analyst for the Virginia Department of Education; as a graduate assistant with the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and as a communications consultant with Pacific Public Affairs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.