Podcast: Finding Your Role Model with John Keisler, Long Beach, CA

Posted on October 6, 2017


John Keisler
Economic Development Director
Long Beach, CA
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He started as a management assistant and now he’s the Director of Economic and Property Development for the City of Long Beach, California, get to know John Keisler. John was also the innovation team director in Long Beach. In this episode Kent talks with John about his career path, role models and his definition of innovation.¬†
Special thanks to Dan Weinheimer, Elizabeth Calixtro, Joey Garcia, Madison Thesing, and Will Norris for contributing background information for this information.
Other topics discussed in this episode:
John’s celebrity look-alike
Coaching youth soccer
How a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion is useful in local government
Legend of how John landed a spot in the Long Beach Management Assistant program

Fight On! Power of the USC MPA program

Leading during an employee fraud investigation
John’s experience managing the Long Beach i-team and his advice to other i-teams
Equity and how to ensure underrepresented populations benefit from the work of the Long Beach i-team
Interviewing tips – know your role model

Extra Credit

Long Beach, CA Innovation Team
Long Beach Innovation Offices Wave Goodbye to Two Leaders as End of Funding Looms
Visionaries: John Keisler, Innovation In Government
John Keisler Named Director of Economic and Property Development

After reforming operations at Animal Care Services, Keisler promoted to Parks and Rec bureau manager


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