The 43nd Knope of the Week has been selected after a week long search for the individual(s) or group who has done the most to advance the mission of ELGL. In case you haven’t yet memorized the ELGL mission statement, here it is in its entirety,
THE MISSION of the Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network is to enhance communication between emerging and experienced government professionals; provide for professional advancement in the field by identifying employment opportunities and through targeted training and education; and support the advancement of professional local government management.
Before we announce this week’s recipient, we ask you to turn away from your computer screen and repeat the ELGL mission in an opera voice. Now that you’ve proven your allegiance to ELGL, we are happy to share with you this week’s recipient of the Knope of the Week is…..
United State Attorney for the District of Oregon
This week’s Knope of the Week, US Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall treated us to a wide ranging discussion from Oregon football to leaving to a legacy. Amanda, more than any other ELGL speaker, was able to describe the sacrifices and difficulties in maintaining a work-life balance. Leslie Knope would have trouble keeping up with Amanda.
Here is what we took away from the forum:
- Graduated from University of Oregon; received law degree from Willamette University.
- Her husband is a Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill County
- The book on Amanda’s nightstand : Catching Fire
- Oregon will beat Alabama to win the BCS championship.
- She argued 150 cases in five years, trying cases in 21 counties.
- Additional resources is the biggest difference in working on the federal level
- While her management team handles a lot of the workload, she is involved in every terrorism case.
- Avoid getting a DUII on tribal land; you’ll end up in federal court
- Work-life balance is a constant struggle where there is no secret to success.
- Motto: You can sleep when you’re dead.
- Her first child was fed with the finest of baby foods; her third child was fed by eating out of the cereal bowl of others.
- Recommended Reading from US Attorney for Oregon
- Honesty and openness are two traits she looks for in managers.
- Give real time feedback; can’t wait for an annual evaluation.
- Not always easy to tell the truth but must be done
- Biggest surprise as U.S Attorney: the level of genuine support for an outsider such as herself.
- Biggest challenge: time away from family due to commuting from McMinnville
We look forward to watching Amanda as she continues to build her legacy and serves as a role model for the public and private sector.
Good job, good effort, Amanda.
Previous Knope of the Week Recipients
- Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland
- Rosalynn Greene, Clackamas County
- Clackamas County Administrators – Steve Wheeler, Laurel Butman, Nancy Newton
- Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate
- Pat Mobley, Portland State University Faculty
- Oregon Transformation Project and Positively Clackamas
- Bob Moore, Bob’s Red Mill
- Greater Portland Inc – Sean Robbins, CEO and Maggie Finnerty
- David Donaldson, City of Lake Oswego Interim City Manager
- Jeff Towery, City of Springfield Assistant City Manager and OCCMA President
- Barbara Roberts, Former Oregon Governor and Current Metro Councilor
- Laura Cleland, Association of Oregon Counties
- Heather Reagan, Nathan Reagan (Handy & Reagan) and Peter Watts (Jordan Ramis)
- MPA Graduates
- Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, Former State of Oregon Economist
- Dave Waffle, City of Beaverton Assistant Finance Director
- Joe Gall, City of Sherwood City Manager
- Governor Gregoire and Staff
- Umpqua Bank (Barbara Baker, Michelle Van Allen, Nancy Lloyd, Robert Cross)
- Jessica Struyk, PSU MPA, cities of Beaverton and Fairview
- Patrick Quinton, Portland Development Commission Executive Director
- Bryan Cosgrove (Wilsonville), Marty Wine (Tigard), Michael Brown (Hillsboro)
- Chris Workman, City of Veneta
- Portland Timbers (Mike Golub, Chelsey Cossey, Patti Peters, Amber Browne)
- Anthony Petchel, Bank of the Cascades
- Claire Oliver, West Linn Tidings
- Phil Keisling, Director of Portland State University Center for Public Service
- Geoff Pursinger, Tigard Times
- Ken Ray, Metro Senior Public Affairs Coordinator
- Alliance Resources Consulting, Colin Baenzinger and Associates, Strategic Government Resources, Waldron & Associates
- OMFOA Developing Professionals (Heidi Starks, Rhyan Van Horn, Toby LaFrance)
- Justin Cutler (LaPine Parks & Rec), Robyn Christie (Bend), Kirsten Wyatt (West Linn)
- Rhyan Van Horn, TriMet senior accountant
- ELGL Advisory Board
- Cate Schneider, Lake Oswego city recorder
- Alex McIntyre, Lake Oswego city manager
- Matt Bailing, Willamette graduate, ELGL data analyst
- Megan Messmer, PSU MPA student, City of Banks intern, City of Dayton intern
- Zoe Monahan, Sherwood assistant planner
- Rosalynn Greene, Clackamas County sustainability analyst and Karen Pearson, Clackamas County human resources program coordinator
- Kathy Mollusky, West Linn city recorder
- Jordan Wheeler, Lake Oswego assistant to the city manager