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.
Education: The University of Texas at San Antonio, Bachelors of Public Administration, Public Administration/Nonprofit Management
Experience: Intern, Parks and Recreation – City of San Antonio and Intern, Leticia Ozuna Campaign
Awards: Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
Tell us about three of your biggest accomplishments.
To date, my 3 biggest accomplishments are:
- Being a Hatton W Sumners Scholar. 5 MPA students are selected each year. In addition to financial support, scholars get to attend biannual lecture series with world famous speakers and participation in a variety of public policy, leadership and civic participation programs.
Note: About Hatton W. Sumners Foundation: The purpose of the Dallas-based Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is to encourage citizen engagement in government through an understanding of the principles of democracy and the essential role that citizens have in preserving self-government.
- Being on ICMA’s Knowledge Network Advisory Board. Being able to serve on a board of a major organization like ICMA allows me to network with other members and build skills.
- Becoming a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
Top two were holiday trips to Italy to visit family in 2006 and 2009. However, our family doesn’t exchange gifts for the holidays so I can’t list any others.
(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..Meet people born in the mid 1990’s. I remember the mid 90’s vividly (shows, movies, trends) so meeting people born in the 1990’s who will be 18 and 19 this year, it reminds me that the 90’s were 2 decades ago. Even though I’m only 25, it feels like a lifetime ago.
Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.
No big mistakes come to mind but bad habits I’ve had to work on over the years. Procrastination and working to achieve the bare minimum. I still find myself occasionally doing these especially with the stress and workload of grad school.
How did you hear about ELGL? I received an email about the ELGL networking event from SGR.
Give us a few of your favorite YouTube videos.
Some songs I play along with on my bodhran. It’s my favorite way to relax.
Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that we should consider.
- Interacting and working with council as a city manager
- Citizen engagement
- Big data
80’s was…….I was born in the 80’s.
90’s was……technology. Video games, cds, and the internet were the best thing about being a kid.
00’s was…..it was a new millennium. A new era for humanity.
Last year (I’m guessing this means 2013 now) was…..I applied and was accepted to UNT’s MPA program.
- George Perry, PhD, Dean of College of Sciences, UTSA: Highly intelligent, accomplished, continuously ambitious.
- Robert (Bob) Bland, PhD, Chair of Public Administration Department, UNT: Always pushes me to do more.
First concert you ever saw? Last concert you saw? Never been to a concert.
Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?
Since I am in Texas, I won’t be able to attend the luncheons or conference, but I look forward to the webinar. As long as the student membership is free though, I’ll renew it until I graduate and then I’ll pay the individual membership.
What questions should we have asked?
Which city is your top choice to work for? San Antonio
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.