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Board of Directors

Cathy Bailey

Cathy Bailey

Cathy Bailey is the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, a position she has been in since 2015. Prior to leading the organization she served as Strategic Planning Manager, where she led development and execution of strategic business planning efforts for the water utility. She also facilitated and managed the integration of the metropolitan sewer district with the water utility to unify the two utilities. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati and is a self described water woman and lead free water crusader.

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Samantha Harkins

Samantha Harkins

Samantha Harkins is the Deputy Mayor of Lansing, Michigan and joined Mayor Andy Schor’s administration in January of 2018. Her entire career has been in local government: as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Norfolk, Virginia; as a local government policy advisor for the Michigan House of Representatives; as lead lobbyist for the Michigan Municipal League and then President of the MML Foundation, and as VP of Government Relations at Munetrix (a municipal performance metric software company). She received her B.A. and J.D. from West Virginia University and bleeds old gold and blue. She lives in a renovated 1884 Victorian in Downtown Lansing with her husband, son, 100-pound Portuguese Water Dog/Poodle mix and two cats. She’s an avid runner, reader and writer. She loves food and cocktails (gin in the summer, bourbon in the winter and wine year round.)

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Amie Hendrix

Amie Hendrix

Amie Hendrix is Deputy County Administrator of Performance and Innovation for Tompkins County, New York. She has more than ten years of experience in local government and not-for-profit administration. Prior to her current position, Amie served as Tompkins County's Director of Youth Services where she got the reputation of being the ever optimistic, real life Leslie Knope. Amie holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Niagara University. Out of the office she can be found in the gorges of the Finger Lakes with her two labs, Ruca and Lola. 

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Jordan Rae Hillman

Jordan Hillman

Jordan Rae Hillman serves as Deputy Director of City Planning for the City of Jackson, Mississippi. She has over 10 years of experience in planning and design. Previously, she served as the Community Development Director at the City of Brandon, Mississippi. Her work has focused on innovation in local government, downtown development, urban design, code writing, development entitlement reform, collaborative planning, and capacity building. She has been an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) member since 2013 and is a Mississippi licensed landscape architect. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University, and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis.

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Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones

Marguerite “Maggie” Jones has been in public service for more than 12 years. She joined the Tarrant County, TX team in 2016 as Assistant Director of Community Development. In her current role, she works closely with local Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) to increase the availability of quality, workforce housing; collaborates with local municipalities on economic development efforts; engages in local policy development; assists in the oversight of federal grant programs; and actively challenges “the way things have always been done” in an effort to improve the lives of others. A proud Red Raider, Maggie holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from Texas Tech University. Additionally, Maggie serves on the Parks and Recreation Board of Directors for Bedford, TX where she resides with her husband, Chris, and their two boys, Zachary and Nicholas. She loves exploring new activities, watching baseball, Jeeping, hiking, reading, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and just about anything in the great outdoors. 

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Ben Kittelson

Ben Kittelson

Ben Kittelson is an Associate at The Novak Consulting Group where he works with local governments all across the country. He has helped run ELGL since May of 2013 and he produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast. Previously he worked as a Sr. Budget & Management Analyst for three years at the City of Durham, NC and for two years at Guilford County, NC. Ben began his career in the Portland, OR region, where he served the Cities of Gresham, West Linn, and Beaverton, as well as Metro, the regional government for the Portland area. Ben has his Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University and his BA in Politics & Economics from Willamette University. Ben enjoys walking his dog, Franklin, and drinking hoppy craft beers.

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Kent Wyatt

Kent Wyatt

Kent Wyatt is the Communications Director for the City of Tigard, OR and co-founder of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). Previously, he worked as a Senior Management Analyst for Tigard and 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.

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Staff

Kirsten Wyatt

Kirsten Wyatt

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. She also worked for the Virginia Department of Education, and the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  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. She loves hanging out with her family, reading, eating sandwiches, going to the beach, playing skeeball, and taking moderately difficult hikes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Emily Edmonds

Emily Edmonds

Emily Edmonds is the National Programs Director at ELGL, where she works on ELGL Cohorts, Diversity Dashboard, events, membership, and more. She spent her previous fifteen-year career in local government and nonprofit work across the East Coast, focusing primarily on North Carolina’s regional and local governments, building relationships between rural and urban communities and advocating for policies that support underserved rural populations. She holds a BA from Western Carolina University in Social Policy and an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her graduate thesis on modern approaches to rural economic development. In her consulting career, she specialized in grant writing and administration, food systems assessment and planning, cross-sector engagement, and project and program management. Emily is an Appalachian native from Western North Carolina and loves geeking out with fellow ELGL members about data, engagement, process innovation, and what to wear with ELGL socks.

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Allie Beyer

Allie Breyer

Allie Breyer is the Digital Coordinator for ELGL. Her love of local government work began while working as a Waste Prevention Analyst for the City of Eugene. For over three years, she served as the community engagement lead on a variety of waste prevention initiatives in the community, with a focus on residential food waste, composting, and repair programs. In addition to ELGL, Allie currently works for the State of Vermont’s Health Department as an Emergency Preparedness Planner. She is particularly interested in helping government agencies effectively share their successes and engage with the public through digital communication platforms.

She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oregon, where she focused on community and regional planning, and environmental sustainability.

When she is not nerding-out on public sector digital communication strategies, you can find her reading a good book, buying far too many plants, taking in the Vermont scenery by foot, or enjoying a really good maple pastry.

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Hallee Haygood

Hallee Haygood

Hallee Haygood is the Membership & Special Projects Manager for ELGL, and she is currently a graduate student at UNC- Chapel Hill, working towards a dual degree in Public Administration and City & Regional Planning. While working on her undergraduate degree, a close friend recommended she listen to GovLove. After one episode she was hooked and immediately started researching schools where she could receive an education in local government. During her time at UNC she has served as a Research Assistant, analyzing local sales tax data, and this past summer worked as an intern in the City of Durham’s Budget & Management Services Department. In her free time, Hallee enjoys watching stand-up comedy, spending time with her cat, and finding the best oat milk latte in Chapel Hill. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the ELGL team, and looks forward to creating change at the local level. 

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an MPA student, he was connected with ELGL and found comfort in the organization’s values and commitment to local government service while not taking themselves too seriously. While at UNC, he interned with the Town of Apex, NC in their administration and budget department, working on budget preparation and execution. In his free time, Brian enjoys a good board game, hanging out with his wife and corgi, and supporting his favorite soccer teams. After applying way more ELGL stickers to his water bottle than could be counted on one hand, he is excited to work with ELGL as they help local governments innovate.

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GovLove Podcast

The GovLove Podcast is co-hosted by five regular hosts. Board Members Ben Kittelson & Kent Wyatt, as well as Executive Director Kirsten Wyatt host the podcast with Javon and Alyssa.

Javon Davis

Javon Davis

Javon Davis is the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Co-Host of ELGL’s GovLove Podcast. Before moving to America’s 5 th (or 6 th ) largest city, he served as the Policy and Government Affairs Manager for the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department and is a former Cookingham-Noll Management Fellow with the City of KCMO. For GovLove, he enjoys sharing positive local government stories about equity and inclusion, innovative practices, and highlighting all the amazing people that make up the profession. Javon was born and raised in Virginia and graduated with a BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, a BS in Criminal Justice, and a Masters of Public Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Alyssa Dinberg

Alyssa Dinberg

During the day, Alyssa serves the people of the City of Boulder as a Management Analyst working with City Planning, Public Works and the City Manager's Office on a variety of internal and external projects. Prior to starting her current role in Boulder, Alyssa was a Cookingham-Noll Management Fellow for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Alyssa most loves how GovLove showcases the exciting, challenging and interesting stories of local government through the variety of guests featured. Alyssa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Community Development from The University of Alabama an Executive Master’s of Public Administration from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri Kansas City When she's not working, Alyssa enjoys exploring her new home city, traveling to see friends, and tending to her hundreds of plants. Alyssa currently lives in Denver, Colorado with an aquatic turtle and two very sassy cats.

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We also have a volunteer who will be providing transcripts of GovLove episodes! Thought you heard something interesting in the latest interview? Harpreet will add the transcript of the conversation a few days after it posts.

Harpreet Hora

Harpreet Hora

Harpreet Hora serves as the Budget Manager for the City of Roswell, Georgia, since 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a senior financial analyst at the City of Atlanta. Harpreet started her career in the corporate sector and has gradually expanded her areas of expertise focusing on cost accounting, budgeting and strategic planning, performance management, public administration and data analytics. Besides being a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) from Canada, she has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Commerce. Harpreet has lived in four countries including Canada, Germany and India and for the past 10 ten years called Roswell her home along with her husband and two sons.

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Board Members Emeritus

Below are the ELGL Board Members Emeritus. These individuals completed their terms on the Board and are active representatives of ELGL.

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