Congrats to the inaugural cohort of the Public Sector Leadership certificate program, offered by ELGL, Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, and the Drucker Institute!
Economic Development & Communications Manager, City of Citrus Heights
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What’s the best book you’ve read in the past few years?
High Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard
How did you end up working in the public sector?
I worked in the hospitality industry in sales and marketing for hotel companies like Marriott and Hilton for about a decade. In my last role, I represented a hotel in a formation of a local tourism business improvement district. The city economic development department was the one spearheading, coalition building and advocating the the hotels to come together for a greater purpose and to achieve bigger things together. That experience exposed me to economic development and I decided that’s exactly what I wanted to do: use my business development, marketing and people skills for community good.
What job on your resume or LinkedIn was most formative for you? Why?
Working in hospitality gave me a heart for service, working in sales sharpened my competitive edge. You need both to be an effective economic developer.
What is an interesting project or issue you’re currently working on?
A redevelopment of a 100 acre aging regional mall in my community.
What do you think is a common misconception people have about leadership?
That you arrive at destination—leadership is an infinite game.
Is there a key takeaway you’d like to share from the Public Sector Leadership program? Tell us about it!
What I appreciated most about the Public Sector Leadership program is it gives a vocabulary to identify organizational needs and implement tactics, which levels up my leadership from instinctual to intentional.