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.
Name: Jacques Livingston
Education: Washington State University, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Boston University, Mechanical Engineering; and Portland State University, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Local Government, 2012 – 2014 (expected)
Current Position: Portland State University, MPA, Student
Previous Employment: AmeriCorps Director, Olympic Peninsula YMCA; President, Volunteer Centers of Washington; and Chair, Clallam County Literacy Council
Most recently I was the AmeriCorps Director of the North Olympic AmeriCorps project for 7 years. In that time I honed my skills in budget analysis, project design and expansion, grantwriting, community partnerships and volunteer recruitment and retention. I grew the program capacity despite the economic downturn from 2 staff and 12 volunteers, to 6 fulltime staff and 42 volunteers. In that time the budget quadrupled in size. I created a fiscally healthy department providing tutoring and mentoring services to 1,800 kids a year on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Additionally I served as the President of the Volunteer Centers of Washington. As an association, the VCW seeks to identify common goals and outcomes that would unify all communities in their efforts to mobilize volunteers and national service members.
I am now pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with a specific focus on city and/or county administration. I am interested in finding ways that the non-profit and government sector can work together in a collaborative framework that capitalizes on the strengths of each sector.
Specialties: Budget Management, Grantwriting, Program Design and Expansion, Governement Contract Management, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, and Employee Volunteer Leadership Programs.
- I am working with the Fire Marshal’s office in Clark County (WA) to help with some evaluative programming
- My summer course will entail some systems analysis looking at the organization TriMet. I find them a fascinating organization because of their ability to expand even during a continued recession
- Peter Goodall – My first boss who taught me how to foster business ethics to promote strong partnerships
- Dan MacGuire – Former boss that taught me that quality of life can sometimes trump money and status
- Bill Basl – AmeriCorps National Director – A wonderful mentor that continued to believe in me and nominated me for a wonderful Leadership Academy
Most Recent Concert
Churchill – Wonderful folk-rock sounds coming out of Denver these days
Five Favorite Websites
- NHL – Love my Canucks!
- Amazon – Textbooks!
Best Career Accomplishments
I wrote a grant and received stimulus funding to support para educators who had been laid off. They were able to continue to help students in the classroom and receive training money to attend the local community college and earn their teaching certification. Total cost to the community was $500 per person.
Favorite TV Show
Currently watching Quantum Leap on Netflix
(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to……Learn to fly!
Song that best describes your life
“Steady, as she goes” – The Raconteurs
Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL annual conference.
- “Tales of the new City Manager” and
- “Trends in what cities are looking for in their City Manager”
- Nikola Tesla
- John F Kennedy
- Nicole Kidman
Ideal Sunday Morning
Coffee and the newspaper
Describe the inside of your car.
There a car seat in the back for my 8-year old – Need I say more?
(Complete the sentence) Government is the structure that holds our community together.
(Complete the sentence) ELGL is wicked awesome.
What’s the meaning of life?
Questions We Should Have Asked:
Favorite movie or story character: John Crichton.
Are you where you thought you would be 30 years ago? No
15 years ago? No.
1 year ago? No. …… “Steady as she goes”
- AmeriCorps Partnership
- Service projects to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
- AmeriCorps Members’ Commitment Celebrated
- A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs
- 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.