Ben Kittelson Joins The Novak Consulting Group September 9, 2019 — The Novak Consulting Group announced today that Ben Kittelson has joined the firm. Formerly, Kittelson worked in the Budget and Management Services Department of the City of Durham, North Carolina. Kittelson’s local government background spans the East and West Coast and includes analysis, budgeting, financial planning, and revenue projections, in addition to community engagement. Among his achievements is the development of an innovation partnership program with local startups that was awarded the J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation. He is also a founding member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), which has grown from a few hundred members in Oregon to over 4,800 across the nation in just six years. He produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast, discussing topics that range 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. Read Ben’s full bio here.