Kirsten Wyatt
Executive Director, ELGL

Favorite Book: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Favorite Movie: Coal Miner’s Daughter

Words to Live By: “If you work hard, and you’re kind – amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

Kent Wyatt
Senior Management Analyst, City of Tigard, OR

Favorite Books: Hatching Twitter, Lords of Discipline

Words to Live By: Never say “I’m too busy.”

Ben Kittelson
Budget Analyst, Guilford County, NC

Favorite Book: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut

Words to Live By:  The only things you can control in life are your attitude and your effort.

Julie Thuy Underwood
Assistant City Manager, City of Daly City

Work-related Favorite Movies: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Personal Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Books: Flight of the Buffalo and Beloved

Words to Live By: “Good leaders must first become good servants,” Robert Greenleaf

Benjamin McCready
Assistant to the City Manager - Town of Normal, IL

Favorite Books: On The Road – Jack Keroac, Way of Ignorance – Wendell Berry, Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut

Words to Live By: Local government requires more than understanding numbers, charts, and graphs. Local government is the embodiment of our collective interest, passion, and dedication to making great places for everyone to call home.

Bridget Doyle
Community Relations Director at City of Sterling Heights

Favorite Books: “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden and “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler

Words to Live By:  “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.”

– Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1846-1912)

Kim Sandoval
Grant Program Coordinator, Central Piedmont Community College

Favorite Movie: Shindler’s List, The Butler (for fun – original Star Wars trilogy)

Favorite Book: Magic Treehouse or anything I can persuade my youngest to read to me in English

Words to Live By: “Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst” and “Use your powers for good and not evil”

Harrison Wicks
Special Projects Management Analyst, NCTCOG

Favorite Books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, almost any historical fiction series!

Favorite Movies: Indiana Jones series, Star Wars series, Lord of the Rings series, Lawerance of Arabia

Words to Live By:  “The struggle of today is not altogether for today, it is for a vast future also.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations, for if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Katie Babits
HR Generalist, City of Eugene

Favorite Book: The Devil’s Advocate by Taylor Caldwell

Favorite Movie: V for Vendetta

Words to Live By:  Self awareness & arrogance seldom go hand in hand.

Patrick Rollens
Communications Director, City of Corvallis, Oregon

Favorite Books: Watchmen – Alan Moore, Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien, The Passage – Justin Cronin

Words to Live By: Who watches the watchmen?

Restriction breeds creativity.

Beth Otto
Organics Program Educator, Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling

Favorite Book: A Confederacy of Dunces

Words to Live By:  Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Matt Monedero
Budget Analyst at City of Garland

Favorite Book: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Words to Live By:  Tell me who you’re with, and I’ll tell you who you are

Brittany Bennett
Development, Policy & Impact Associate, Self-Help

Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Words to Live By: Good better best, I will never let it rest until my good is better and my better is best.

Ryan Adams
Assistant to the City Manager, City of Irving, TX

Favorite Books: A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall, Maus, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Bad Astronomy

Words to Live By:  Do what you say you’ll do.

If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort.

Without deviation, progress is not possible.