Since ELGL is not a big fan of icebreakers and since we would rather not know what animal you want to be, this blog feature will serve as a means 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.
Name: David Nguyen
Education: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Business Administration
Current Position: Project Specialist, City of Beaverton and ELGL Conference Photographer
Previous Employment: Campaign Intern, Restore Our Natural Areas Campaign; Community Liaison, City of Portland; and Vietnamese Interpreter, City of Eugene, and Springfield, Oregon
Tell us about three projects that you are working on.
- City of Beaverton’s Picnic in the Park
- Archiving City’s events from previous years
- Building my photography website
- My Drill Sergeant
- The internet
- My close friends
Describe the inside of your car.
Filled with City of Beaverton’s summer event promotional flyers.
Most recent concert you attended:
I haven’t been to a concert in 6 years.
If you could only visit five websites for the next year, which ones would you choose?
(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…
serve my country
Best career accomplishment.
Graduating from college
Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards, or other
- Deadliest Catch
- The Amazing Race
What song best describes your life?
Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park
Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL annual conference.
- Proposed plan to develop West Hayden Island
- Government jobs for recent college grads.
If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?
Former president George W. Bush
Retired general William McChrystal
Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning:
Take an afternoon nap
(Complete the sentence) Government is…..
filled with bureaucratic red tape.
(Complete the sentence) ELGL is …..
a way to network with your fellow government peers
What’s the meaning of life?
Life is like a roller coaster ride.
What question(s) should I have asked you?
My experience with local politics here in Oregon.
- 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.