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FAQ Topic: 2021 Traeger Winners

#7 – Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Metro Regional Government, OR Metro Councilor LinkedIn | Twitter Conviction, Spirited, Empathetic Over the span of his nearly three years as the youngest Metro councilor, he has established a footing as a well respected and admired voice in the region. His convictions on climate justice and racial equity is the foundation into … Continued

#5 – Jenny Halsey

Jenny Halsey Triangle J Council of Government Strategy & Operations Manager LinkedIn Hopeful, Collaborative, Witty Jenny is instrumental in bringing about regional collaboration of our strategy, performance and innovation professionals in the seven-county TJCOG region in Central North Carolina. TJCOG is a local government entity that carries out regional services and fosters collaboration and dialogue … Continued

#10 – Melissa Cantarero Weiss

Melissa Cantarero Weiss City of Wauwatosa, WI Director of Administrative Services LinkedIn | Twitter Intelligent, Resourceful, Courageous Melissa is a devoted local gov public servant who is always on the list of people who can come up with solutions. In the past year, she’s been tasked with overseeing the success of elections through COVID, managing … Continued

#9 – John Metro

John Metro City of Jersey City, NJ Business Administrator LinkedIn | Twitter Knowledgeable, Innovative, Efficient John Metro deserves to be on the 2021 Traeger list not only due to the office he holds in one of the State’s largest municipalities, but his commitment to the improvement of the lives of all Jersey City residents. John … Continued

#8 – Tanya Ange

Tanya Ange Washington County, Oregon County Administrator LinkedIn Dedicated, Focused, Visionary Tanya is transforming Washington County – professionalizing the organization; navigating implications of a full-time Board; and putting together an amazing team to serve the County. Tanya is an exemplary leader who is taking Washington County to the next level! She is a force – … Continued

#4 – Sarah George

Sarah George Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Assistant to the Manager LinkedIn Positive, Energetic, Dedicated Sarah works tirelessly for the citizens and employees of Athens-Clarke County, going way above and beyond expectations. She works long hours and never complains. She eagerly embraces new tasks and projects and sees everything through to completion. Even though her own … Continued

#3 – Danielle Rogers

Danielle Rogers City of Newton, IA Community Marketing Manager LinkedIn | Twitter Smart, Passionate, Quirky I recently had the pleasure of presenting alongside Danielle (sharing communication and marketing knowledge with other Iowa cities) at the Iowa City Managers Association annual conference and her stage presence and excitement energized the entire room like I had never … Continued

#2 – Michael Baskin

Michael Baskin Montgomery County Government. MD Chief Innovation Officer LinkedIn Conscientious, Persistent, Connector I’ve never met anyone who goes ABOVE the above and beyond like Michael! He relentlessly seeks and implements new ways of spreading innovation in government, primarily by creating structures that enable team members who are already in place. Michael understands that, while … Continued

#1 – Jessica VanderKolk

Jessica VanderKolk City of Battle Creek, MI Communications Manager LinkedIn | Twitter Solid, Outgoing, Exceptional Jessica is dedicated to informing her community through the city’s social media channels. Battle Creek has one of the best local government social media presences out there. Jessica is a one-of-a-kind gem in local government and invaluable to the City … Continued

#6 – Sabrina McLeod

Sabrina McLeod Port Saint Lucie, FL Strategic Initiatives and Grants Project Coordinator LinkedIn Driven, Tenacious, Innovative Sabrina is a total rock star in Government Transformation. Over the last two years, Sabrina led multiple transformation initiatives throughout the office. During the height of the pandemic, Sabrina worked with multiple agencies to help reduce storm water calls … Continued

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