Since ELGL is not a big fan of icebreakers and since we would rather not know what animal you want to be, this feature will serve as a way of introducing new members. While you won’t learn about their favorite animal, you will learn about their ideal Sunday morning, which dead people would they FaceTime with, and which song best describes their life.
Education: Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife: Environmental Education & Marine Biology
Current Position: Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Economic Development Officer and Marketing Specialist at McMinnville Economic Development Partnership
Previous Employment: Program Marketing Coordinator at McMinnville Economic Development Partnership/ AmeriCorps VISTA, E-campus Marketing Consultant at Oregon State University, and Academic Programs Assistant at Hatfield Marine Science Center
Three projects you are working on.
- Development of our new website and marketing- www.yescorvallis.org
- Developing a list of local businesses to visit over the coming year
- Helping plan the Willamette Innovators Network Expo!
Three accomplishments in the last 24 hours.
It’s Monday so…
- I got here on time this morning,
- remembered to bring my coffee thermos into work with me (versus forgetting it on the car- like most days).
Your longest public meeting.
I’m new to city government- so I haven’t experience a public meeting filibuster yet 😉
Justin Timberlake 20/20
“When You Love Somebody”- Fruit Bats
“Andrew’s Break”- Smokey Joe & The Kid
Best piece of advice from your parents.
Everything in life needs to be balanced, like ying/yang, work/play, relaxation/stress…or an oreo.
Excluding family, give three of your career mentors.
Dave Dahl, Dave’s Killer Bread
(Complete the sentence) I know this makes me sound old but……Social media bewilders me…Why do I need to know what you’re eating for brunch? Also, I miss the Backstreet Boys.
I’m on it now- posting a picture of my breakfast- duh.
Describe the inside of your car.
I drive a toaster, its adorable, square, and you can put an exponential amount of things in it.
(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to……travel to my hit list…its extensive.
Should government be run like a business?
Yes, of course. I think there is a lot for government to learn from the private sector- although I think there is inherent risk in the business world and local government needs to run a steady path as well. I believe there needs to be a stability found between the two management styles.
“Well, it’s nothing very special. Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.” –Monty Python.
Finally, what question(s) should I have asked?
Why did you decide to join ELGL?
- Person to watch: Amy Jauron
- McMinnville Economic Development Partnership
- Corvallis Benton County Announces New Brand Identity and Website
- Corvallis Economic Development Office unveils new web portal
- Economic Possibilities in Corvallis
- City of Corvallis hires Amy Jouran as economic development officer
- Corvallis, county have new economic development officer
- Amanda Stratton, NC Association of Counties and UNC MPA Student
- Jessica Nunley, Newberg Assistant Planner
- Jacques Livingston, PSU MPA Student and Former AmeriCorps Director, Olympic Peninsula YMCA
- Justin Powell, City of Greenville, SC, Budget Administrator
- Kevin Perkins, Benton County
- David Nguyen, City of Beaverton and ELGL Photographer
- Kristin Akervall, Austen Group
- Brian Southey, City of Bloomington, IL
- Jessica LaVigne, OPB Member Center Representative
- Jessica Cahill, PacificSource Health Plans, Communications Specialist
- Tom Hogue, Economic Development Specialist, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
- Caleb Howe, City of Independence
- Geoff Wullschlager, PSU Center for Public Service, Budget Analyst
- Dylan Digby, City of West Linn Public Improvement Specialist
- Joshua Allen, Program Manager at Umatilla Basin Watershed Council
- Jeremy James, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, Attorney
- Michael Rizzitiello, Beaverton Economic Development Coordinator
- Pavel Gubanikhin, Eugene Senior Budget Analyst
- Aaron Bogle, City of Beaverton, Neighborhood Program Project Specialist
- Scott Pingel, Dayton City Manager
- Rob Caballero, Willamette University MBA
- Melanie Cutler, Oregon Department of Revenue
- Stephanie Tripp, Oregon Health Authority, Public Affairs
- Andrew Spaeth, Oregon State Master of Public Policy
- Carlos Soriano, Business & Employment Specialist at State of Oregon
- Ellen Currier, Lane Council of Governments
- Eric Battles, University of Southern California
- Michelle Tagmyer, City of Beaverton Public Information
- Evan Fransted, University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs
- Ben Patinkin, Patinkin Research Strategies
- Emma Williams, Oregon Metro
- Nick Herrera, State of Oregon
- Lauren Stott, Village of Montgomery, IL
- Beth Otto, City of Lake Oswego and PSU MURP Student
- Bradley Olin, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Adam Hackman, Drake University MPA Student
- Tamara Richards, City of Eugene
- Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
- Dan Blue, City of Gresham
- Michael Parkhurst, City of Gresham
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.