Coming Soon to GovLove: A One-of-a-Kind Celebration of Small and Mid-Sized Cities

Nearing the 100th episode of the GovLove podcast, we are charging into 2017 with a star-studded lineup of guests. We’ll update this post as guests are added for upcoming episodes of GovLove.


Author, Entrepreneur, and Role Model with Cari Anne Cashon

Cari Anne is a young adult fiction author, entrepreneur, and student. She resides in Wichita, Kansas where she manages her business, writes, and is working on her MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She enjoys writing inspiring tales of determined young women, and hopes to encourage girls across the nation through her stories.


A One-of-a-Kind Celebration of Small and Mid-Sized Cities with Adam Klein & Carolyn Zelikow

Adam Klein is Chief Strategist for the American Underground, a thriving campus for entrepreneurs in Durham, NC. Under Klein’s leadership, the American Underground has become a model for how to transform a once depressed downtown into a magnet for high-growth companies. The American Underground is home to more than 240 startup companies across 120,000 square feet of space.

In the News: Is a Different Kind of Silicon Valley Possible?How a start-up hub made good on diversity goals, and Transforming Durham, North Carolina into a Startup hub


Carolyn Zelikow manages the Urban Innovation Lab at the Aspen Institute under Jennifer Bradley in the Center for Urban Innovation. She is also Special Assistant to Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Eric Motley. Before managing the Urban Innovation Lab, Carolyn was Program Manager of the Future of Work Initiative directed by Conor McKay with the leadership of Co-Chairs Bruce Reed and John Bridgeland, as well as Honorary Co-Chairs Sen. Mark Warner and former Gov. Mitch Daniels. At the Institute, Carolyn has also managed Aspen Across America and Aspen Around Town, having started out with the Aspen Ideas Festival team. Prior to joining Aspen, Carolyn was the Assistant Director of Tom Tom Founders Festival, a nonprofit fostering culture and entrepreneurship in Charlottesville, VA. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and now lives in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she organizes a conference for small city innovators called the Hometown Summit.


Our Future, Our Time with Greg Clay, Candidate, Atlanta City Council & Senior Strategist, Lieneur, Inc.

Connect: LinkedIn

From management intern to candidate for city council, Greg Clay understands the power of relationships to have a positive impact in the community. He has used these connections to bring social change in Atlanta.

Greg has been named:

  • NFBPA Steven Ford Memorial Award: Young Public Administrator of the Year 2009
  • Clutch Magazine Black Man to Watch 2009
  • Who’s Who in Black Atlanta 2009, 2010
  • Power 30 Under 30, Apex Society, Atlanta 2008

Greg received an MPA from Kansas University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M.

ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt will interview Greg about his work in the community and the events that led him to run for Atlanta City Council. Hat tip to ELGL member Shelby Teufel, City of Pleasant Hill, MO.

Supplemental Reading: Two Entrepreneurs Leverage The Power Of Relationships To Have A Positive Impact In Their Community.


100 Love Notes with Hyong Yi, Charlotte, NC Assistant City Manager



Connect with Hyong: Facebook and Twitter

After appearing in People magazine and the Charlotte Observer, it’s natural that Hyong’s next stop would be a GovLove podcast interview with ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. In 2016, Hyong shared part of his journey to the attendees at the #ELGL16 Pop Up Conference in RDU.

Here’s a quick summary of Hyong’s story.

Hyong Yi’s 100 Love Notes first launched on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina on November 21, 2015. To honor his wife, Catherine Zanga, on the one-year anniversary of her death from ovarian cancer, Hyong and his children gave strangers 100 handwritten love notes, notes that chronicled Hyong and Catherine’s life together.

You can learn more in these news articles.

Show your support for Hyong by purchasing his book.

Background Check

​Hyong Yi is an assistant city manager for the City of Charlotte. From 2004 to 2014, he served as Mecklenburg County’s management and budget director, responsible for strategic planning, developing the County’s annual $1.4 billion operating budget and the capital budget. The department also helps the County develop its long-range plans and evaluates the performance of County programs and services.

Yi began his full-time public service career in 1995 with the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, working on public education issues. During his long tenure with the District of Columbia government, he served as the special assistant to the chief of staff for the mayor and director of cost analysis for the Office of Budget and Planning. Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, he was director of operations and planning for the District of Columbia’s Office of Budget and Planning, responsible for implementing performance-based budgeting and other performance and management initiatives to improve the decision-making process for resource allocation.

He received his master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C.