Speakers

2021

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Sharon Weston Broome

Mayor-President

Baton Rouge, LA

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Sharon Weston Broome

Mayor-President

Baton Rouge, LA

Sharon Weston Broome is a firm believer in achieving progress through inclusion, innovation and information.

Since taking office, Mayor Broome has placed a heavy focus on improving the quality of life for citizens while building resiliency through infrastructure improvements. She has focused on addressing transportation, drainage, public safety, education, economic development and revitalizing neighborhoods.

Mayor Broome is the first female Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. She previously served as a Baton Rouge Metro City Council Member, a Louisiana State Representative and a Louisiana State Senator.

While serving in the legislature, Broome became the first woman to hold the leadership positions of Speaker Pro Tempore in the House and President Pro Tempore in the Senate.

Mayor Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by several organizations. She was selected for the inaugural class of the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Mayor Broome was recently appointed co-chair for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

She has been recognized for her service and dedication to Baton Rouge. Mayor Broome was recognized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the American Heart Association, Every Child Matters, and the National Congress of Black Women.

Mayor Broome has earned awards for her exemplary efforts in her community. She has received the Luminary Award from Links Incorporated LA Capitale Chapter, the Baton Rouge NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2017 Women of Distinction Award and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Kappa Kappa Chapter) 2017 Citizen of the Year Award — just to name a few.

Broome holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. She is a 2019 recipient of UW-L Alumni Association’s Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award. Mayor Broome received her M.A. in Communications from Regent University. The mayor has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University.

Faith and family are priorities for Mayor Broome. She is a member of United Christian Faith Ministries Church and is happily married to Marvin Broome. They are the proud parents of three children and have three grandchildren.

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Quentin Hart

Mayor

Waterloo, IA

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Quentin Hart

Mayor

Waterloo, IA

Mayor Quentin Hart is the first African American elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Waterloo, Iowa. Preceding the election, Mr. Hart was the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs for Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, providing leadership for multicultural initiatives and promoting awareness and appreciation for diversity on campus and the community. In the eight years preceding his mayoral election, Mayor Hart represented the citizens of Waterloo as Ward 4 Councilman and was the first African American-appointed Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Waterloo.

Hart currently is a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He received his MAE in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa and is also a 2013 graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.Hart is happily married to Cassandra Hart, a 2007 Gold Star Award Teacher, and is the father of two sons, Quentin Jr. and Quenden; and one daughter, Halayah.

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G.T. Bynum

Mayor

Tulsa, OK

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G.T. Bynum

Mayor

Tulsa, OK

Sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa in 2016, Mayor G.T. Bynum is using data and innovation to bring people together and make our city globally competitive. To accomplish this, Mayor Bynum is focused on fiscal responsibility, public safety, infrastructure, and equality of opportunity for all Tulsans. This approach has already yielded the successful recruitment of the two largest new employers in the history of Tulsa, while outpacing both the state and the nation in job growth.

Mayor Bynum worked closely with the Tulsa City Council to fund the sharpest increase in police hiring in Tulsa history, while simultaneously implementing one of the most comprehensive community policing programs in the United States. Under his Administration, the City opened its own municipal jail with an emphasis on innovative diversion programs while also opening the Tulsa Sobering Center, which offers treatment for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Mayor Bynum led Tulsa to pilot the Better Way program, which provides honest work and social service assistance for the city’s panhandler and homeless population.

Mayor Bynum has made equality of opportunity a cornerstone of his Administration. Under his leadership, the City established the Tulsa Equality Indicators report which uses data to measure inequality across a variety of factors. He established the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity to implement the Resilient Tulsa Strategy, the city’s first strategic plan to address issues of racial disparity. Mayor Bynum launched the New Tulsans Initiative, which is focused on making Tulsa a beacon of freedom and opportunity for immigrants all around the world.

Mayor Bynum’s Administration is simultaneously implementing the largest streets improvement program in Tulsa history (Improve Our Tulsa) and the largest economic development capital improvements program in Tulsa history (Vision Tulsa). He continues to receive national recognition for his initiatives to empower everyday citizens through programs like the Urban Data Pioneers and the Civic Innovation Fellowship.

Because of his leadership and vision for Tulsa, Mayor Bynum was selected for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2018 and was presented the International Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award.  His TED Talk on replacing partisanship with policy has been viewed over 940,000 times by people all around the world.             

Prior to his election as Mayor, Bynum served for eight years on the Tulsa City Council. During that time, he was elected as the youngest City Council Chairman in Tulsa history.

During his time as a city councilor, he led the successful effort to enact the largest streets improvement package in the city’s history, authored the first city sales tax cut in Tulsa history, doubled the number of police academies to increase manpower, authored legislation creating the first municipal rainy day fund in Oklahoma and coordinated efforts to establish the first municipal veterans treatment court in the United States.

Before serving as Mayor of Tulsa, Bynum served as the managing partner of Capitol Ventures, and before that worked in the United States Senate for Senators Don Nickles and Tom Coburn. Bynum is a proud graduate of two institutions operated by the Augustinian Order of the Catholic Church: Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa and Villanova University, where he served as Student Body President. 

Mayor Bynum comes from a family dedicated to public service and he and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of Bynums to call Tulsa home.

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David Holt

Mayor

Oklahoma City, OK

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David Holt

Mayor

Oklahoma City, OK

In April 2018, David Holt took office as Oklahoma City’s 36th Mayor after being elected with 78.5 percent of the vote. It was the largest vote percentage achieved by a non-incumbent candidate for mayor since 1947. It made Holt the youngest Mayor of Oklahoma City since 1923, the first Native American mayor of Oklahoma City, and at the time of his election, the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with more than 500,000 residents. For more about Mayor Holt, click here.

To watch or read Mayor Holt’s 2020 State of the City address, click here

To watch Mayor Holt’s remarks regarding the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, click here

The Mayor of Oklahoma City is the “Chief Executive of the City” and “President of the Council,” according to the Oklahoma City Charter. The Mayor is the only person elected citywide, is a voting member of the City Council and presides over its meetings, makes appointments to boards and commissions, represents the City at home and around the nation and world, articulates a vision for the City, leads major initiatives, issues proclamations, delivers an annual State of the City address, and with the Council hires the City Manager, the Municipal Counselor, the City Auditor and municipal judges.

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Huong Sherry Tran

DEI Councilmember, Human Rights and Equity Commission

City of Bend, OR

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Huong Sherry Tran

DEI Councilmember, Human Rights and Equity Commission

City of Bend, OR

Huong Sherry(she/they) is an advocate for the historically ignored and harmed communities, social justice, and body inclusivity. Huong’s big-picture goals focus on amplifying connection, belonging, empathy and inclusion for all of human variances by identifying solutions to reduce harm as community members. Currently, Huong serves as a Diversity Advisory Council member and Ad Hoc DEI Council member for Energy Trust of Oregon and The City of Bend’s Human Rights and Equity Commission. Their leisure activities include: dance, Wushu, Tai Chi, pole, aerial silks and eating! Professional and academic achievements include: M.S. in dispute resolution, Bowen Practitioner, Certified Instructor of Pole Aerobics, Aerial Silks, and a CSE/Certified Sexual Wellness Educator.

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Rita Schenkelberg

Councilmember

Bend, OR

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Rita Schenkelberg

Councilmember

Bend, OR

Rita was elected to the Bend City Council in November of 2020.

Council Position: 4

Term Ends: 2024

Rita moved to Bend in 2015. She is a queer person of color who is the child of an immigrant. They are passionate about the outdoors and supporting communities who have been historically oppressed. Rita practices yoga, creates art, and camps as much as they possibly can. 

Education 

Undergrad- Colorado Mesa University, BA Counseling Psychology 

Masters- Oregon State University Cascades, MCoun Masters in Counseling 

Employment 

Northwest Youth Discovery 2016-2020 – Mental Health Counselor 

Anatomical Heart Counseling – Founder/ Licensed Professional Counselor  

 

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Megan Perkins

Councilmember

Bend, OR

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Megan Perkins

Councilmember

Bend, OR

Megan Perkins was elected and seated on the Bend City Council in January 2021.

Council Position: 3

Term Ends: 2024

Megan is a 5th generation Oregonian who moved to Bend in 2018 with her three children and husband. She wants to work on a safe, equitable and affordable city for all on Council.

EDUCATION:

Graduate: George Washington University, MA in Political Management

Undergraduate: The Colorado College, BA in Political Science

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

Embrace Bend

Co-founder and Board Member

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:

Social Media Lead, Central Oregon Moms Demand Action

Site Council, High Lakes Elementary

Girl Scout Leader, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southern Washington

Neighborhood Association Board Member, Summit West Neighborhood Association

 

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Farah Muscadin

Director, Office of Police Oversight

Austin, TX

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Farah Muscadin

Director, Office of Police Oversight

Austin, TX

Farah was appointed to her role due to her wide range of experience and expertise, and for her demonstrated commitment to fairness and transparency. Farah’s mission is to improve trust between Austin residents and the Austin Police Department.

Farah studied business and law and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. She served in leadership roles at Chicago State University, Cook County Public Defender’s office, and for the Mayor of the City of Chicago. Her community involvement includes being a mentor through the GirlForward organization and serving on the board of YWCA Greater Austin.

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Jonathan Williams-Kinsel

Senior Program Manager

Minneapolis Office of Performance and Innovation

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Jonathan Williams-Kinsel

Senior Program Manager

Minneapolis Office of Performance and Innovation

Passionate about public service, Jonathan brings over seven years of local government experience to his role as a Program Manager. In his time with the City of Minneapolis, he has assisted City Departments with initiatives that improve service delivery and decision making.  His expertise in performance management, design thinking, public policy, strategic planning and administration are just a few of the asset he can bring to any team needing a seasoned leader to move an initiative forward. Jonathan has a Masters of Public Administration from Bowie State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alcorn State University.

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Andrew Ching

City Manager

Tempe, AZ

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Andrew Ching

City Manager

Tempe, AZ

Andrew Ching began serving the City as City Manager in April 2013, following his appointment as Interim City Manager in January 2013. He served as the City Attorney from August 2006 to January 2013. Andrew started his career in the Tempe City Attorney’s Office as a volunteer in 1992, became a law clerk in 1993 and served as a contract attorney from 1995 to 1996. He left briefly from 1996 to 1998 to work in the Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office, where he was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1997.

Returning to the city, Andrew worked as Assistant City Attorney from 1998 to 2005, and was named Senior Assistant City Attorney in 2004. He left the city in 2005 to work as an associate at Phoenix firm Moyes Storey in the areas of civil litigation, land use litigation, zoning law and local government law.

Andrew was born in Tucson and raised in Tempe, and has been a Tempe resident for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1991 and earned a law degree from Arizona State University in 1994.

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Molly Daniell

Director of City Progress

Results for America

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Molly Daniell

Director of City Progress

Results for America

Molly Daniell is the Director of City Progress for the What Works Cities initiative. Previously, she worked as a labor law researcher for Verité, a supply chain verification and labor standards auditing firm. In this role, she supported the shrimp and anchovy portfolios in Thailand and Malaysia exposing unknown instances of forced, coerced, or child labor conditions. Molly began her career at the National Priorities Project where she worked on communications, data analytics, and publications designed to demystify the federal budget process and increase transparency. She is also the co-founder of CleanTap, a social enterprise dedicated to the principles of human-centered design to provide portable, hands-free, and affordable hand washing infrastructure in Mumbai, India. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Bill Lucia is a senior editor for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

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Hilery Sirpis

Group Publisher, SLED

Route Fifty

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Hilery Sirpis

Group Publisher, SLED

Route Fifty

Hilery Sirpis is the Group Publisher (State and Local Government and Education) for Route Fifty, a GovExec Media brand.