New Sensation: Angela Handran, City of Wilsonville

Posted on February 15, 2014

We’re back with the new “New Sensation” feature. We’ve updated the questions based on your feedback. You’ll now learn about the best YouTube videos on the web, read about gift ideas for the holiday season, and learn about the career accomplishments of our new members.  As a reminder, we developed this feature to introduce you to new ELGL members and as a way on connecting ELGL members with similar interests.


Angela Handran


Experience: VP Fundraising, Tualatin High School/TSO and Guest Service Manager, Hilton Worldwide

Education: MSU Billings, BS, Management and Organizational Communciations and Marylhurst University, MBA, Marketing

Connect: LinkedIn

Lightning Round


Tell us about three of your biggest accomplishments.

Completing my MBA from Marylhurst University, (March, 2014)

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My two year journey through grad school has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have a new perspective on business, the world and who I am and where I want to go in life.

VP of Fundraising for our local high school

Raising money for our kids and our teachers is highly gratifying. We are able to provide funds for activities so that kids are able to participate when otherwise they would not. Teachers have a resource for items that are necessary for learning and we can assist with those items.

Serving the community of Wilsonville download (7)

I am honored and grateful for the opportunity that the City of Wilsonville has given me to serve the people in this wonderful town. I have been blessed to be able to use my skills and education to serve the Mayor and City Council in an assistant capacity to help them realize the goals of our citizens. 

(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..I walk into Abercrombie and Fitch.

Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.

download (8)Taking on more projects than I can realistically handle: I have to be very careful about taking on too much. I have a tendency to say “yes” to more that I should. Take for example my life right now, which is currently bordering on overwhelming busy. I am in my last term of grad school with two very intense classes that keep me up late at night. I am the VP of Fundraising for Tualatin High School TSO, and I sit on a number of community groups that have periodic meetings. I have very active children that need their mom to be taxi and cheer coach at their activities. Oh yea, and I work! Thankfully I love my job so it doesn’t feel like work but it still requires my undivided attention during my working hours.

Not being more active on campus while in grad school: I have had a truly amazing experience at Marylhurst and have had many wonderful professors. I feel like a different person than I was two years ago when I first walked on campus. I do wish that I had found at least one organization on campus to become a part of, to maintain the personal connection during and after my time on campus.

Give us three of your favorite YouTube videos.

I don’t watch many YouTube videos but this one is super funny!

Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original)



As part of being an ELGL member, we give you a chance to redo or change any part of your life. How would you use it?

I would like ELGL to enhance my education and current work experience by helping me feel more informed about local government policy, budget, and to connect me with more people in the field of local government. I have a lot of business contacts but I lack networking opportunities in government.

Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that should be included on the conference agenda.

  • Budgeting
  • Public Policy
  • Mediation training

(Complete these phrases) Best thing about the….

80’s was……. The musicdownload (5)

90’s was……my hair…it was pretty awesome

00’s was…..Discovering who I really am, and who I am not

Last year was….. not much, it was a bad year for me. I am hoping for good things in 2014.

Today is….Two days until I leave for Southern California, yay!! I need some sun.

Name two of your mentors and describe them in five words.

My Mom – Strong, smart, devoted, caring, inspirational

ShowImageSandy King, City Recorder Wilsonville – Wise, dedicated, appreciative, inspirational, unwavering

Note: Sandra C. King has served as Wilsonville’s City Recorder since 1995. In her previous positions, she worked as the Records Management Coordinator for the City of Encinitas, California; as City Recorder for the Park City Municipal Corporation in Park City, Utah, and as a legal secretary for the private sector. 

Sandy has been an active member of the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) since 1995 and was elected as an officer in 2002, serving as President in 2004-05. 

In May of 2005 Sandy earned her Master Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

What’s your least favorite thing about humanity?download (9)

How selfish and unkind people can be to each other.

How did you hear about ELGL?

Our Assistant City Manager, Jeanna Troha

Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?

Only one thing, did I learn and grow professionally and personally from being a member? If the answer is yes then I would renew.

Give us two ideas for attracting and retaining talented individuals to the public sector.

Give them advancement opportunities. Give them learning opportunities. The people you want to retain in your organization are the ones looking to grow and learn. Those are the ones who will help the organization thrive. The people content with where they are and not interested in reaching higher are the ones who really don’t have much to offer. They are just there to do their job and get a pay check.

download (6)What questions should we have asked? Coke or Pepsi?

What one question you have about ELGL?

Can I participate in a leadership capacity with ELGL?  

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