Who Are You? with Lauren Kilcoyne, City of Boulder, CO

Posted on November 9, 2015

As part of the grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles. 


Lauren Kilcoyne (LinkedIn and Twitter) is Financial Services Manager, Open Space & Mountain Parks for the City of Boulder, CO. Previously, she worked as AmeriCorps Program and Grants Manager with Serve Rhode Island. Lauren has an MBA from Clark University Graduate School of Management.

I feel….
Excited about my new city and new job in local government.
I joined ELGL because…..
I’ve got a feeling my national peers in local government are pretty brilliant.
If I was in a talent show I would perform….

Not a thing, but I’d help plan/MC!

My life will be complete if….
Oh no, the existential questions already…
Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….
My peer group views local government as a desirable profession. 
Agree! My peers are increasingly drawn towards mission-driven work and connecting with their communities.  Local government, non-profits, social entrepreneurship all viewed as career paths for folks who want to affect systems change through their work.
I plan on spending the rest of my career in local government.
Not sure, so far have been lucky to work for great local governments and small non-profits.  I’ve seen how the two sectors work to support each other.  Time will tell, but excited about being in local government right now.
Potlucks are a good idea.
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City staff should be required to live in the city in which they work.
It’s a really helpful thing, and a thing that city residents care about, but often not economically viable for local government employees in expensive cities.
Local governments should have an employee dress code.
Depends on culture, place, and function.

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