GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level. GovLove is brought to you by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).
The Hidden World of Deathcare with Staci Zavattaro, University of Central Florida
What cities should think about related to deathcare. Staci Zavattaro, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, joined the podcast to talk about deathcare and its relationship to local government. She outlined the elements of deathcare and how she became involved in the field. Staci highlighted the role and importance of local government cemeteries and the impact of COVID-19 on deathcare.
Host: Toney Thompson
Mayors & Local Political Violence with Heidi Gerbracht & Sue Thomas
An assault on local democracy. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about a new report on political violence toward mayors. Heidi Gerbracht is the Founder of the Equity Agenda and Sue Thomas is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. The report founds that political violence against mayors is common and more prevalent for women mayors and mayors of color.
Host: Kirsten Wyatt
Climate Action & Heat Mitigation in Phoenix, AZ with Nancy Allen & David Hondula
Becoming a sustainable desert city. Two guests from the City of Phoenix, Arizona joined the podcast to talk about the City's climate action plan and addressing urban heat. Nancy Allen is the Environmental Programs Manager and David Hondula is the Director of Heat Response and Mitigation. They talked about developing the City's first community-wide climate action plan and implementing actions to combat heat. Host: Ben Kittelson
Elevating Analysis in Fire & Emergency Services with Preet Bassi, Center for Public Safety Excellence
Data-informed decision making. Preet Bassi, the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Public Safety Excellence, joined the podcast to talk about elevating analysis in fire and emergency services. She discussed the Center for Public Safety Excellence's accreditation process and benefits. She also shared how fire analysts can provide public comment on the new standard from the National Fire Protection Association on the job requirements for staff who use, analyze, or evaluate public safety data.
Host: Toney Thompson
Sustainability & Building IQ with Tessa Schreiner, Aspen, CO
Leading by example. Tessa Schreiner, Climate Action Manager for the City of Aspen, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about sustainability and energy use. She highlighted the City's Building IQ program, the logistics behind it, and the importance of data collection and benchmarking for building performance standards. She also shared how the City approaches climate change policy through an equity lens. Host: Ben Kittelson
Navigating as a Leader with Daniel Roberts, BrightDrop
Being bold and pushing boundaries. Daniel Roberts, the Head of Communications at BrightDrop, joined the podcast to talk about lessons he's learned as a leader early in his career. He discussed his leadership philosophy, developing staff, and working in both the public and private sectors.
This episode was recorded from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Host: Toney Thompson
As a new professional as a city administrator, I’ve found this podcast to be incredibly helpful, with great speakers. Perfect for my commute to work !
Way too WOKE
One guest mentioned “equity” about thirty times. He hit all the blue check marks: Climate Change (not global warming), Red lining, George Floyd, infrastructure funding, climate action, BLM, environmental justice, climate…
If he had said “orange man bad” he would be a full fledged Woke-alist.
Can’t you just discuss policy without the elitist slant?
Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌
Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in local government, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Kirsten and the entire ELGL team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving culture and organization - with local leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!