Director of Administrative Services, City of Wauwatosa
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Wait staff at an assisted living facility
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
Colorado State University and Indiana University Economics and Masters of Public Affairs
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
All of them! Mostly my masters degree.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
Be who you needed when you were younger.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
Dream Land by Sam Quinones. Yes.
Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?
ICMA and 3CMA
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Ask open ended questions.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Say you don’t have any questions.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
It’s a great way to impact every day lives in a positive way.
Meet Melissa in person on September 14! Register for #ELGLInspire at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. This event is free for students!
I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.