Board of Directors

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 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 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 Hillman, Vice Chair

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

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, Chair

Ben Kittelson is a Consultant 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, Co-Founder

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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Board Members Emeritus

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

Joey Garcia

Christian Williams

Dan Weinheimer

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