Willamette University “Inspiring Local Government Careers” Agenda

Posted on February 12, 2018


Friday, February 16 is ELGL’s first “Inspiring Local Government Careers” event for undergraduate students. Read more about this program, and check out this incredible line-up of local government practitioners who are volunteering their time to promote local government! Follow along during the event on social media using the hashtag #ELGLInspire.

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Arrive, check in, lunch buffet


Welcome from Kirsten Wyatt*, Executive Director, ELGL


Quick Fire Presentations From Local Government Practitioners

These are fast-paced, four minute presentations about the challenges and opportunities in each sector of local government.  

  1. Lili’a Neville, Public Information Officer, Benton County, Oregon
  2. Leah Treat, Director of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
  3. Cassandra Ulven, Chief, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
  4. Ben Bryant*, Assistant City Manager, Happy Valley, Oregon
  5. Robin Straughan, Director of Sustainability, Washington County, Oregon
  6. Toby LaFrance*, Finance Director, Tigard, Oregon
  7. Anthony Hooper*, Public Works Director, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  8. John Morgan*, Planning Consultant, Keizer, Oregon
  9. Janie Schutz, Police Chief, Forest Grove, Oregon
  10. Doug Erickson, Library Director, West Linn, Oregon
  11. Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District


Campfire Conversations With Local Government Practitioners

Students will chose a table to go to where they will learn from the practitioners in a small group setting. After 10 minutes, students will rotate to a new table. This will be done four times so that every student gets a chance to sit with five practitioners to ask questions and hear from them about their path into local government and how they realized it was the career for them.

  • Notes for students: You will hear from five different local government practitioners, try to pick out who you want to hear from ahead of time but select some backups in case the table is full for your first choice.
  • Notes for speakers: Start with your major and career path into local government, including what made you realize this was the career for you. Then take questions from the students. This will be a little repetitive but we want to create opportunities for the students to form meaningful connections with y’all.


How to Find a Local Government Job

This moderated session includes Q&A from the panelists, as well as the chance for audience questions.

  1. Ben Kittelson*, Senior Budget Analyst, Durham, North Carolina
  2. Madison Thesing*, Management Fellow, Hillsboro, Oregon
  3. Kent Wyatt, Senior Management Analyst, Tigard, Oregon
  4. MODERATOR: Randy Ealy*, Director of Government Affairs, PG&E


Local Government Leadership

This moderated session includes Q&A from the panelists, as well as the chance for audience questions.

  1. Steve Powers, City Manager, Salem, Oregon
  2. Maurice Henderson, Chief of Staff, Portland, Oregon
  3. Mayor Chuck Bennett*, Mayor, Salem, Oregon
  4. MODERATOR: Noor Shaikh, Management Analyst, Aurora, Colorado

* = Willamette University alumnae


Social Hour & Networking

THANK YOU to our event sponsors:

  • City of Salem

  • Willamette University

  • LOC = League of Oregon Cities

  • OCCMA = Oregon City County Management Association

  • AOC = Association of Oregon Counties

  • ICMA = International City County Management Association


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