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Sam Quinney Director The Lab @ DC LinkedIn Ryan Flynn Civic Design Researcher The Lab @ DC LinkedIn Two guests joined the podcast to discuss using applied science in public policymaking. Both guests work at The Lab at DC. Sam Quinney is the Director and Ryan Flynn is a Civic Design Researcher. They shared how...

Caitlin Clark Planning Specialist City of Scottsdale, AZ LinkedIn The Real Deal Caitlin Clark. The most famous planner in the nation joined the podcast to talk about her work and starring in a television commercial. Caitlin Clark, Planning Specialist for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, shared her career path to working in local government and...

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Dr. Bill Brantley, President and Chief Learning Officer at Brantley Advanced Social Sciences Applications. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn. What I’m Reading: “The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization” by Michael C. Corballis What I’m Watching: Star Trek Discovery (the final season). What...

Sarah Mondesire Community Well-Being Manager City of Commerce City, CO Website Jessie Brown Social Media and Communications Specialist Iowa Department of Natural Resources LinkedIn In anticipation of the 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government, two guests joined the podcast to discuss their work in local government after being awarded an ELGL Top Influencer in Local...

Every year ELGL asks our members to nominate outstanding public servants for the Top Influencers in Local Government list. The recognition honors people who make a difference in their communities and the larger local gov network, and who demonstrate ELGL values of joy, creativity, connection, dependability, and equity through their work and public activities. In...

  No. 6 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government City Administrator | City of Fountain Inn, SC | Officially, Shawn Bell is the city administrator of Fountain Inn, SC. Unofficially, he is the community’s No. 1 fan. Shawn’s civic pride defines how he approaches public administration in the fast-growing city. He is quick to celebrate...

  No. 10 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Executive Director | Jefferson County, CO, Public Health | Dr. Sarah Story knows health affects all aspects of our well-being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. While public health is among the most challenging professions in local government Sarah navigates being executive director of Colorado’s Jefferson County...

  No. 9 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management, and Faculty Director of The People Lab | Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Dr. Elizabeth Linos is local government’s champion.  As the Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor for Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School...

  No. 8 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Assistant to the Village Manager | Village of Algonquin, IL | Matthew Bajor is committed to making local government accessible and inspiring to the next generation of leaders.  As assistant to the village administrator at the Village of Algonquin, IL, he is instrumental in the organization’s...

  No. 7 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Strategic Communications Specialist | City of Fort Lauderdale, FL | Anthea Thomas radiates joy as a creative communicator working to connect local government with the community. As strategic communications specialist at the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL, she accepts each assignment as a challenge to capture...

  No. 5 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Strategic Communications Manager | City of Las Vegas, NV | Jennifer Davies envisions a government that is more accessible, connected, and relevant to the community. As the strategic communications manager for the City of Las Vegas, she is passionate about the transformative power of digital tools....

  No. 4 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Inclusion Officer | Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, GA | For Dr. Remy Epps, advancing inclusion, diversity, and belonging is not only important, but imperative. Remy serves as inclusion officer for Georgia’s Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, where she champions initiatives and policies that promote fairness and justice...

  No. 3 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Founder | Trust Leadership Collective | Demetrius “D” Parker is a natural mentor to others in local government with a gift for inspiring others to grow as leaders, all delivered with enthusiasm, joy, and style. Demetrius founded Trust Leadership Collective, a firm focused on shifting organizational...

  No. 2 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Management Analyst | City of Topeka, KS | Quinn Cole connects public servants across departments, professions, and jurisdictions. Quinn is a rising leader whose influence on local government extends beyond the City of Topeka, where serves as a management analyst. Within the city, she bridges barriers...

  No. 1 2024 Top Influencers in Local Government Operations Chief - Cash Management | Los Angeles County, CA | Benjamin Effinger is a guiding force for the future of local government. Ben’s leadership within the largest municipal treasurer and tax collector’s office in the United States is more than a role — it is...

Celebrate. When many think of local government, that may not be the first word that comes to mind. Local government, as you all intimately know, is hard work. The work we do for our communities allows the people who live there to thrive, but it also is necessary for survival. At ELGL we aim to...

By Lena Geraghty, Founder, Data Spark Consulting; Melanie McDonough, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Lebanon, NH; and Brianna Sunryd, Public Services Manager, Collins Center, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Lena Geraghty, Founder and Principal for Data Spark Consulting. Connect with Lena on LinkedIn. What I’m Reading: Recoding America...

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Jackie Wehmeyer, Senior Director of Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Parkland, FL. Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn. What I’m Cooking: The best Drunken Noodles ever What I’m Watching: Lots of Phillies baseball, but most importantly, the sports statistician my son has turned out to be...

Robert Sturns Economic Development Director City of Fort Worth, Texas LinkedIn Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director for the City of Fort Worth, Texas, joined the podcast to discuss his role and how the City works to guide growth and development. He talked about the importance of strategically growing during rapid population rise and Fort Worth's...

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