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: Michelle Tagmyer
Email Address: [email protected]
Job Title: Project Specialist Public Information
Organization/School: City of Beaverton
Online Portfolio: Michelle Tagmyer
Q&A with Michelle
Most interesting project you’ve worked on in your current position:
One of my first projects with the city was to create a survey instrument for CEDD. It was quite the learning experience and my first time creating a survey for something other than a class project.
What do you think about when you are driving to work/school?
I usually have the radio on or a CD playing, so I’m usually singing (terribly)! Pumps me up for the day ahead.
Most recent concert you attended:
Zac Brown Band
What sites are bookmarked on your internet browser?
New York Times
Complete the sentence: “Before I die I want to…
Proudest career/school accomplishment:
I was accepted into an internship program my senior year of college and that led to my internship with the city and eventually a part-time job. Many doors have been opened since my participation in that program.
What song best describes your life?
Right now, “Wide Open Spaces” by The Dixie Chicks. I’m still getting my footing out in “the real world.”
Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School on October 4.
- The importance of PR in city government–sometimes I feel as though lots of people don’t have a good understanding of what PR is and why it’s important.
- Government Affairs
If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?
Your work/school mentors:
My current boss has been a great mentor!
Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning:
Go for a run/walk with my dog
Leslie Knope had this to say after visiting Washington D.C. in hopes of receiving some help to clean a polluted river in Pawnee, “I went to our nation’s capital this weekend. But things move pretty slow in Washington…I’m going to clean up this river by myself.” Her point being that local government is what gets the ball rolling in our communities. It’s up to its residents, leaders and decision makers to use the best resources available–and sometimes that means you. It’s the freedom to try and better your community.
new to me and I look forward to finding out more about it!
- 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.