1.) What was your path to public service?
I was hired as the Marketing Director for the City of Saint Paul in 2003. I leveraged my private sector marketing and media relations experience to create and promote several high profile events for the City. I continued to work on City projects in some capacity over the next several years with a focus on economic development. In January of 2010, I was hired as a Senior Implementation Manager for GovDelivery, a web-based digital communication solution for the public sector. Working for GovDelivery has allowed me to use my public service experience to help other state and local agencies around the country achieve their communications goals.
I was also recently re-elected to the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education in November and will be serving my second term through 2014.
2.) What awesome projects are you working on now?
I am currently working on GovDelivery implementations with five agencies in the State of Maine, and recently launched the City of Dallas, TX.
3.) What have been some of your more memorable moments in public service?
My most memorable moment was coordinating the unveiling of a bronze statue in memory of the former U.S. Olympic hockey coach and Saint Paul, MN native Herb Brooks, to an international audience during the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. The event was followed by an advanced screening of the movie “Miracle”, of which several members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team were in town for.
4.) What advice do you have for people who are new to the public sector?
My advice is that you can never provide too much information to the public about your services, events, or programs. The more ways you can reach and engage the public, the more successful your agency will be in achieving its goals, and the more return the taxpayers will get on their investment.