What I Am…Rachel Nolin, City of Monterey, CA

Posted on April 2, 2015

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Welcome to our new member feature which draws inspiration from Sesame Street. We’ve all heard the excuse “I’m too busy” so we’ve simplified our feature to illicit short, meaningful responses for our new members. As a side note, ELGL is adamantly opposed to the excuse, “I’m too busy.”

Rachel Nolin (LinkedIn and Twitter) is a analyst with the City of Monterey, CA. She also has worked for the Oregon Judicial Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. Rachel is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College.

Rachel Nolin


City of Monterey, CA

What I Am Watching:
Nothing — though if I had TV (I have a physical TV, but I don’t have service to it) I would watch Scandal and House of Cards. Sometimes I watch TED Talks, sasquatch “documentaries,” The Daily Show, and cat videos online.
What I Am Reading:
download (1)This questionnaire — I also read magazines (The Atlantic, Bitch, Utne) and books (currently rereading – Choosing Civility).
What I Want From ELGL:
I want to network with other mid-career, technologically savvy, ethically and logically minded public servants, and help mentor those who aspire to it.
What I Wish Local Government Did Better:
download (2)I wish local government communicated better with its citizens, other governments, and internally. (Note: my experience in local government is limited to one municipality, but I worked for state government before.)
What I Am Afraid of:
I’m afraid of burnout. I’m an idealist — I knew I wanted to go into public service when I was in grade school. To keep cynicism and burnout at bay, I seek change and new challenges for myself regularly. I’m sensing it’s time for a new change, almost like when the seasons change.
What I Wish I Was Doing (Instead of Completing This Questionnaire):
67101F37Crocheting a scarf (gift for a friend)
What I Consider As My Career Accomplishments:
The achievement I’m most proud of is political in nature so I’d rather not share it here so as not to alienate/offend anyone. If you really want to know, ask me on Twitter and I’ll tell you.
What I Am Listening To:
giphyCurrently, I’m listening to my cat purr and the wind blowing the trees outside.
What I Wish People Knew About Me:
I take people at face value and forget that others don’t do the same. 
What I Wish Would Go Away:
Dishonesty, narcissism, greed, passive aggressiveness, deceit, etc.
What I Think of Professional Associations:
That they are usually stodgy and boring. But I joined ELGL because I don’t think it’s a typical professional association.
What I Wished You Asked Me:
Hey – I’m not here to judge your questions. But since you asked:back-off_o_GIFSoupcom

  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Top 6 traits you look for in a boss?
  • Top 6 traits you look for in coworkers?
  • Top 6 traits you’d use to describe yourself?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose the cast of one of these shows, which would it be and why? The A-Team / McGyver / Magnum P.I. / Cheers / The Golden Girls / Dynasty / Little House on the Prairie.
  • If you weren’t working in local government, what would you be doing? 

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