Public Sector Workforce 2030 Summit:
Planning for the Next Generation of State and Local Government Employees

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Workforce Trends and Evolution

Ben Kittelson

Board Member, Engaging Local Government Leaders, and Associate, The Novak Consulting Group


Ben Kittelson is an Associate at The Novak Consulting Group and is on the Board of Directors for Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). He has helped run ELGL since 2013 and the organization has grown in that time from a few hundred members in the Portland, Oregon region to over 4,800 across the nation. He also produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast on topics ranging from innovation and performance to equity and workforce development.

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.

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.  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. 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. Ben enjoys walking his dog, Franklin, and drinking hoppy craft beers.



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