Board of Directors

Tanya Ange
Deputy City Manager 
Boulder, CO
phone: 303.441.3276

"Alliance for Innovation is the conduit for local government organizations to convene, collaborate and innovate. The AFI operating model recognizes there are leaders at all levels within our organizations and provides all employees access, content and shared learning opportunities to transform local government for an inspired future."

Paul Arevalo
City Manager 
West Hollywood, CA
phone: 323.848.6400

"The Alliance for Innovation provides local government the unique opportunity to reassess and create new ideas, new approaches and unexpected possibilities. As a City Manager, I am grateful to have access to this resource"

[Board Vice-Chair] Darin Atteberry
City Manager 
Fort Collins, CO

"Innovation is vital to our success in local government.  As the demands and expectations of public service change, progressive governments must find new ways to increase efficiency, transparency and accountability. The Alliance for Innovation is a conduit to the creative thinking and best practices necessary to building world-class communities."

Charlie Bush
City Manager
Sequim, WA
phone: 360.681.3440

"The challenges of today and tomorrow require new thinking and new approaches from local governments.  The Alliance for Innovation is at the forefront of this conversation.  To be a part of the Alliance is to belong to a powerful network of innovators and change agents helping to transform not just their communities, but also their professions and the world around them.  Engaging in the Alliance will help your community attract and realize a better future."

Michelle Crandall
Assistant City Manager
Dublin, OH
phone: 614.410.4403



Kevin Desouza
Associate Dean, College of Public Programs
Arizona State University 
phone: 206.859.0091

"The Alliance for Innovation is a unique platform for us to design, implement, and evaluate innovations in approaches, systems, and solutions for local governance. Building capacity for local governance is critical to advancing the cause of democracies, empowering citizens, and designing the next-generation cities and counties."

Charles M. Duggan, Jr.
City Manager
Auburn, AL
phone: 334.501.7260

"Involvement with the Alliance for Innovation is eye opening, dynamic, and status quo challenging. The collaborations we forge, spurred by membership in the Alliance, with other cities and within our own teams help us meet the changing forces confronting us in municipal government service. We constantly realize great value from our membership that translates into better government for our citizens. This resource is an essential instrument in our toolbox."

Lee Feldman 
City Manager
Fort Lauderdale, FL 
phone: 954.828.5959

“We cannot continue to tread our way from crisis to crisis and hope things will change for the better without the intervention of innovation into the way we conduct business.  The Alliance for Innovation has become our platform for transformational creativity and governance.  Along with our partners, we will be at the forefront of innovation and excitement in local government.”

[Board Chair] Shannon Flanagan-Watson
Assistant County Manager
Arlington County, VA
phone: 703.228.3911

"Given the magnitude of challenges facing us today, innovative practices and solutions are essential in building sustainable communities. As local government entrepreneurs, we need to foster the exchange of progressive ideas, identify viable opportunities, replicate applications and apply the principles of successful innovation. The Alliance for Innovation is just the place to do that with practitioners, researchers and experts  – working together in a network incubator for local governments. Join us as part of the transformation."

Elizabeth Fretwell
City Manager
Las Vegas, NV
phone: 702.229.6501 

"At the city of Las Vegas, creativity is one of our core values, and being iconic in our efforts is something we consider in every decision we make.  We strive to be trendsetters, not “trend followers.”  Organizations like the Alliance for Innovation help us stay on the cutting edge so we can push the envelope to be the world-class city we dream of being."

Tansy Hayward
Assistant City Manager
Raleigh, NC
phone: 919.996.3070

"As public sector leaders, it is easy to become mired in the day to day work of confronting challenges, minimizing risks, and maintaining service levels.  However, we have generally come to this work with a passion and drive to make a difference in our communities.  I am thankful that the Alliance exposes us  to information and peers that reinforce thought, creativity, experimentation and excellence."

Jimmy Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County, AZ
phone:  928.524.4031

"The Alliance is a tremendous asset for public service professionals and I am always impressed by the tangible value of each interaction with the Alliance staff and members. In Navajo County we strive for excellence and appreciate the engagement with the Alliance in intelligent dialogue as we look for common sense solutions to real challenges."

Jim Keene
City Manager
Palo Alto, CA
phone: 650.329.2392


"to solve the problems we face in the 21st century, we must connect, share and change.  We have to reach out, belong and co-create the practices and solutions that our communities and our globally networked world demand.  The alliance for innovation offers local government professionals the way to do just that.  i invite you to come and join us and together we can transform local government!" 

Mark McDaniel
Assistant City Manager
Dallas, TX
phone: 214.670.3390

"Fostering and maintaining a culture of innovation in any organization is difficult. It requires deliberate strategies, consistent monitoring, successfully adapting to changing situations, and disciplined execution. No other agency supporting our profession is more singularly focused on being a premier resource in helping public managers navigate these innovation challenges than The Alliance."

Terrence Moore
City Manager 
College Park, GA

"participation in the Alliance for Innovation has been incredibly helpful in bringing cutting edge information on local government innovations and identifying opportunities for leadership for members in the organizations i have worked for. I think the Alliance's partnership with ICMA has enhanced the value of membership and I welcome the collaboration between the two organizations."

Peggy Merriss
City Manager 
Decatur, GA
phone: 404.370.4102

"The Alliance for innovation provides an exciting opportunity for local governments to be leaders in preparing communities for the future.  it provides a forum for the discovery, support and dissemination of innovative practices worldwide."

Karen Mossberger
Director, School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
phone: 602.496.1101

"Local governments are the real laboratories of democracy, shaping the quality of life, citizenship, and opportunity in our communities.  It is a privilege for us at ASU to participate in the Alliance, to help generate better solutions through research, working with local government administrators who are leading the way through experimentation and their commitment to excellence in public service." 

Marc Ott
Executive Director

"the alliance for innovation leverages the strengths of each partner, creating the synergy necessary for the research and development, innovation, and the identification of best practices essential to local governance.  The next 10-15 years will be critical as new and formidable social, economic, and environmental challenges will have a profound impact on our communities.  the alliance for innovation and ICMA are committed to identifying, anticipating, and responding to these changes by putting in place initiatives that will ensure the vitality, integrity, and success of local government and the local government management profession."

Ruth Osuna
Assistant City Manager
Oxnard, CA
phone: 805.385.7478

"Being a part of the Alliance for Innovation has been a wonderful boost for city staff.  They see themselves as part of the larger city management field which in turn boosts their confidence in their ability to try new and different methods of service delivery."

Clay Pearson
City Manager
Pearland, TX
phone: 281.652.1663

"I've been involved with the Alliance for Innovation and its forerunner for most of my professional life.  I kind of saw the alliance as the upstart place for creativity and collaboration.  That has not changed.  Now there is an even more dynamic network that is well supported.  that network brings together people from great local government organizations at all levels.  we send people regularly to the annual transforming local government conference and they always return recharged with newly reopened minds."

Andrew Pederson
Village Manager
Bayside, WI
phone: 414.351-8818


Randall H. Reid
Southeast Regional Director
phone: 941.445.3567

“The Alliance has been a great resource and catalyst for  change in our organization for many years. The solid research on critical issues  and the opportunities for networking of employees throughout our organization with the creative and innovative personnel of other governments has allowed us to advance in many critical venues of service in our community. Transforming Local Government Conferences are an opportunity for innovation that should not be missed!”

Reina Schwartz
Assistant City Manager
San Pablo, CA
phone: 510.215.3003

"Bill Gates once said “[G]overnments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them.”  For me, that describes what makes innovation in local government so important; it is the most powerful focus we can have for community improvement.  The Alliance for Innovation provides a valuable platform for encouraging, developing and sharing innovative programs and practices."


David Swindell
Director, Center for Urban Innovation
Arizona State University
phone: 602.496.0448 

Innovations are emerging from the local level of government more than at any other level of government. And the developments are quite exciting. The Alliance and its members are at the forefront of developing and adopting new and innovative practices that improving the quality of life for their citizens. Through the annual Big Ideas and the Transforming Local Government conferences as well as a range of publications and webinars, the Alliance does a great job sharing lessons and best practices for implementation in other communities across the nation. That diffusion of new practices is core to the Alliance’s mission and represents enormous value-added for members and communities everywhere.

Karen Thoreson
Alliance for Innovation
phone: 602.496.1100
fax: 602.496.0946

"following three decades of working for great cities, i am honored now to serve as President of the alliance for innovation.  the alliance connects innovative and successful local governments in robust communities of practice and shares new research and resources with our members who strive to excel in all endeavors.  everyday, alliance staff and i are honored to work with creative managers and their organizations to help build great communities."

J. Michael Wilkes
City Manager
Olathe, KS
phone: 913.971.8700
fax: 913.971.8715

"As a local government today, we have one fundamental choice - find new and better ways to do business or fail. Individually, we don’t have the answers, but through the Alliance for Innovation, we can provide our employees and our organization with the tools to enable a path to success to become clear."

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