Ben Kittelson, Associate Ben Kittelson, Associate Education Master of Public Administration, Portland State University Bachelor of Politics and Economics, Willamette University Industry Tenure: 7 years Local Government: 7 years Ben joined The Novak Consulting Group in 2019 after seven years of direct service to local governments on the East and West Coast. Most recently, Ben worked for the Budget and Management Services Department in the City of Durham, North Carolina. He worked on the annual budget and the community-wide strategic plan. He completed revenue projections for sales tax and water sales, assisted with financial planning for affordable housing, and led community engagement efforts designed to inform the City’s budget process. Ben also started an innovation partnership program with local startups, which was awarded the J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation. Ben began his career in the Portland, Oregon region, where he served the Cities of Gresham, West Linn, and Beaverton, as well as Metro, the regional government for the Portland area. In those roles, he focused on community engagement, outreach, and communications initiatives. Ben expanded his experience in the Budget, Management and Evaluation Department in Guilford County, North Carolina, where he analyzed government services such as jail operations and education funding. He also managed the County’s social media and internal employee newsletter. In addition to his work for local governments, Ben is a founding member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). Since 2013, ELGL has grown from a few hundred members in Oregon to over 4,800 across the nation. He produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast, which discusses topics ranging from innovation and performance to equity and workforce development. He has led planning for the organization’s annual conference and written articles for the website. He currently serves as the Chair of the ELGL Board of Directors. Ben earned a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University and earned a bachelor’s in politics and economics from Willamette University.