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Tacoma Fellows

Tacoma Fellows


2016-2018

David Nash-Mendez

David Nash-Mendez received his masters in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington through their Peace Corps Masters International program, combining his studies with practical application as a Peace Corps Community  Development Volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Following a six month rotation in the City Manager’s Office, David is currently working on community outreach and engagement of immigrant and refugee communities in the Office of Equity and Human Rights.

  


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2015-2017

India Adams 

India Adams received her master's degree in public administration with a graduate certificate in local government management from Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration and Policy and a bachelor's degree in public administration from George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. While in her rotation in the City Manager’s Office, India led a number of community partnership and engagement efforts, including successfully creating Tacoma’s Student Government Day program in collaboration with Tacoma Public Schools and the T-Town City Services Expo. Currently serving as Senior Management Fellow in the Community & Economic Development Department, her primary special projects include business recruitment, project management, marketing, and implementing the Anchor Institutions program as a key part of the City’s Tacoma 2025 community visioning process.

 

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2014-2016

Genesis Gavino

Genesis Gavino is the Management Analyst for the City's Human Services Division, focusing on policy as it relates to Homelessness and Household Stability.  She received her master's degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2014.  As a fellow, her projects have included the development of a vacant building registry program, planning of the National Women's History Month events, participation in the 2015 ICMA Host Committee and the implementation of a temporary young adult overnight shelter.

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2013 - 2015

Christina Watts

Christina Watts received her master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and joined the Tacoma Management Fellows program in 2013. During her time as a fellow, she helped launch the TacomaFIRST 311 program and oversaw the City’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. She is currently a senior management and budget analyst with the Office of Management and Budget working with the Public Works and Environmental Services departments, and oversees the City’s Capital Facilities Program.

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2012 - 2014

Reid Bennion

While in the City Manager's Office, Reid supported the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, Neighborhoods and Housing Committee, and Government Performance and Finance Committee. He spent the last six months of his fellowship working for the Public Works and Environmental Services Departments doing special projects including a streets proposition and accreditation effort. Currently, Reid is a Management Analyst II in the Office of the Director of Public Works where he works on the Streets Initiative, departmental accreditation, budget development and tracking, program evaluation, and leading strategic initiatives for the Department.

 

 

2011 - 2013

Katie Johnston

Katie Johnston is a principal management analyst in the Office of Management and Budget for the City of Tacoma. She is responsible for the City’s Performance Management Initiatives, Continuous Improvement Initiative, revenue forecasting and budget planning. She served as a management fellow in the City Manager’s Office from 2011 to 2013. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2010 and a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in 2007.

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2009-2011

Shane Pettit

Shane Pettit is the manager for a business unit focused on budget, administration, analysis, research, data management, personnel, and purchasing for the Environmental Services Department-Solid Waste Management Division.  He has served as lead facilitator for developing the department’s strategic plan, works with other staff on rate development, and oversees a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at organizational improvement.  Shane received his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.

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2007 - 2009

Allyson Griffith

Allyson Griffith received her bachelor's degree in politics from Whitman College and her master's degree in public administration from the University of Oregon.  She currently works for the City of Tacoma's Community Based Services program supporting small neighborhood groups in the implementation of innovative solutions to crime and blight issues.  She also administers the Rapid Graffiti Removal program, the Community Cleanup Program and the Adopt-A-Spot Program.  

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