Advisory Board

Mayor Dana Kirkham of Ammon, Idaho

Ammon_pictureDana Kirkham was raised in Northern Virginia. She attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama before graduating with a degree in Political Science from Utah State University. Before realizing her “manifest destiny” and relocating with her husband to Idaho, she had the opportunity to work for the State Department in Frankfurt, Germany and the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia.

She currently serves as the Mayor of Ammon. She has the opportunity to work with many wonderful people in our community as she serves as a member of the EIRMC Internal Review Board, EIRWA Regional Sewer Board, Regional Development Alliance, Idaho Innovation Center, and Transform. Her most important endeavor and what she hopes will be her greatest accomplishment is the privilege of rearing her two daughters, Ashton and Addy.

Mayor Pro Tem Ken Lucas of Centennial, Colorado

Personal Information

Ken Lucas, Centennial City Council

Years lived in Colorado: 34
Years lived in Centennial: 31

Family

Ken has been married for 44 years and has two sons Ken Jr. and Mikael.

Occupation & Skills

Council Member Lucas has previously served as President, Vice President of Corporate Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Consultant for public and private companies for more than 25 years. Mr. Lucas has extensive experience in investment banking, financial services, private equity, internal audit, venture capital, and internal auditing. Past president of a publicly-traded company and has been actively involved in dozens of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), structured and marketed venture capital private placement investments.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Masters of Public Administration in Management and Operations from Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Memberships & Community Involvement

  • Centennial Budget Committee  (5 Years)
  • Centennial Broadband Technical Committee
  • Civic Center Park Amphitheater Committee 2013
  • Urban Drainage and Flood Control Board
  • Colorado Municipal League Legislative Committee 2012
  • I-25 Corridor Sub-Area Plan
  • Liaison South Suburban Parks & Recreation

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga, TNAndy was born on March 31, 1968 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Marvin and Kandy Berke.

Andy’s grandfather, Harry, founded a local law practice in Chattanooga aimed at representing and helping Tennesseans. From assisting someone who was discriminated against for his military service to talking to someone who just needed some advice, the Berke family law practice worked to make someone’s life better. Growing up in a family devoted to solving problems for individuals, Andy learned the value of helping others while giving back to and improving one’s community.

After graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1990, Andy worked as a legislative assistant in the office of Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon. Seeing Congressman Gordon’s attentiveness to his constituents’ needs, Andy decided public service was where he could best serve his community.

Andy graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1994. Following law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Deanell Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Denver, Colorado.  During this time he also taught at Kansas University Law School as an adjunct professor.

Elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected to a second term in 2008, Andy became the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. During his tenure, he worked on key legislation like Tennessee Works, First to the Top, and Complete College Tennessee and served on the Senate Education and Transportation Committees. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the State Workforce Development Board. In addition, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation nominated him to attend its Emerging Leaders Program at the Darden School at the University of Virginia Business School. He attended the 31st American-German Young Leaders Conference in Germany. Recently, he was honored by the Tennessee PTA as the 2012 Legislator of the Year and the Tennessee Education Association’s 2012 Friend of Education Award for his commitment to improving public education across Tennessee. Previously, the County Officials Association of Tennessee had named him its legislator of the year, as had the Southeast Tennessee Development District. Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice awarded him its Public Official of the Year.

Andy is a past President of the Chattanooga Association for Justice, and was a charter member of the local chapter of the Inns of Court. Prior to his election as Mayor, he worked as a board member of the Siskin Children’s Institute, the local public television station, WTCI, the Chattanooga Nature Center, and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.  At his daughter’s elementary school, Normal Park Museum Magnet, he has been on the PTA board and worked on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee.

Andy was elected to serve as Mayor of Chattanooga on March 5, 2013, winning over 70% of the electoral vote. Andy has focused his public service on making streets safer, providing every child with the opportunity for success, promoting economic and community development, and ensuring that government budgets on outcomes and effectiveness. Andy is married to Monique Prado Berke and they have two daughters: Hannah, who is in eighth grade, and Orly, a fifth grader.

Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James of Kansas City, Missouri

KansasCity_MayorMayor Sly James was elected on March 22, 2011 and sworn in on May 1, 2011.  He was born and raised in Kansas City and learned valuable lessons about resiliency and dedication watching his parents work hard to take care of their family. Despite the challenges they faced, Sly’s father, a chef, janitor, and small business owner; and his stepmother, who helped manage their business, still made sure that Sly and his brothers had the opportunity to go to a good school and follow their dreams.  This laid the foundation for Mayor James’ commitment to education and ensuring every child receives a high-quality education regardless of where they live or their socio-economic background.

Mayor James focuses his efforts to make Kansas City best in 4 areas: Education, Employment, Efficiency, and Enforcement.  Major accomplishments from his first years in office include:

  • Streamlining processes at City Hall to encourage small business development;
  • Providing safe activities for young people during summer break through Mayor’s Nights and Club KC;
  • Implementing a Women’s Empowerment (WE) initiative to help city government work better for the women who work with it and work for it.
  • Rallying community support around the goal of ensuring every child can read at grade level by third grade;
  • Creating a culture of innovation in city government through the Chief Innovation Officer and the Challenge Cabinet;
  • Collaborating with the Kansas City Police Department, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to launch KC NoVA, a community-based, multidimensional approach to crime reduction;
  • Capitalized on major investments in the arts by forming a task force to examine the public’s role in arts and culture;
  • Investing in the City’s water and street infrastructure after years of passing the buck;
  • Starting the road to a downtown streetcar system to continue revitalization efforts; and
  • Leading efforts for the installation of Google Fiber and promoting Kansas City as the first region in the nation to have such cutting-edge technology.

In addition, Mayor James has worked to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad cultural and human capital resources in our great city. At the state level, he has been a voice for commonsense gun control laws, economic development tools, and education reform.  Nationally, he is a member of Black Mayors for Education Reform, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and was elected in June 2013 to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors.  Mayor James also led the city’s efforts to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in the summer of 2012.

The success of this event, and the spotlight it put on Kansas City, has led to numerous conventions, conferences, and events that continue to open the eyes of many crowds to all that the city has to offer.

Prior to his election, Mayor James enjoyed a successful legal career which spanned almost three decades. He developed a proven record of success as a leader, an effective coalition builder, and a fierce advocate. He joined Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi in 1983, and became the first African-American partner in the firm’s history in 1990. In February, 2002, he started his own successful small business, The Sly James Firm, where he worked with victims to seek justice and positive outcomes to disputes.

The mayor attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1969.  After serving his country as a military police officer for four years in California, the Philippines, and Japan during the Vietnam War, Mayor James  graduated cum laude from Rockhurst College.  He then went on to earn his law degree, also cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1983.

Mayor James has been married to Licia Clifton-James since 1981 and is the proud father of four children. He has long had a passion for music and was the lead singer in the Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band. Little known fact: his band once opened for Jefferson Airplane in Kansas City!

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky

FischerGreg Fischer is a businessman and entrepreneur who is dedicated to bringing those skills to his role of mayor.

Elected in 2010 and sworn in for a second four-year term on January 5, 2015, Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals for his hometown: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning and great jobs, a much healthier city, and an even more compassionate community. He was named a 2013 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, the only U.S. mayor to earn the distinction.

Using many of the performance-improvement approaches he used as a businessman, he has instituted a data-driven approach to city government with a goal of making it more efficient and accessible — and making sure that every taxpayer dollar is wisely spent.

Accomplishments during his first term include:

  • Regaining the 42,000 jobs lost to the long recession, including creating 12,400 new jobs in 2013 alone.
  • Creating Louisville Forward, a new economic strategy for the city that combines all the city agencies dedicated to business development and the built environment.
  • Launching construction of the two Ohio River bridges and opening the pedestrian Big Four Bridge.
  • Advancing education by reaching an all-time high in Louisvillians holding college degrees.
  • Opening a new Fairdale library and the Southwest Regional library and signing a commitment to better education with JCPS.
  • Reducing overall violent crime by implementing the recommendations of a citizen work group on violence and the creation of the police VIPER response squad.
  • Securing a $5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to create the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, creating breakthrough work in improving city services from animal services to recycling to EMS response.
  • Initiating the regional Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement with Lexington, to grow jobs in advanced manufacturing and create a national template for regional economic development.
  • Launching a citywide compassion journey by becoming the largest American city to sign the international Charter for Compassion, and creating the annual “Give A Day” community service week that led to Louisville being named “America’s Most Livable City.”
  • Reaching unprecedented levels of city government accountability through digital town halls, the use of social media and placing all city data online — leading to Louisville being named the nation’s top digital city government by the Center for Digital Government.

Greg is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is past chair of the Conference’s Metro Economies Committee which addresses economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens. He was also honored by the Kentucky League of Cities as top “Large City Mayor” for 2013.

Fischer is an entrepreneur who started several businesses including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.

Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington

Mayor Jill Boudreau, Mount Vernon, WAMayor Jill Boudreau is committed to a municipal government that is efficient, adaptable, dignified, and inclusive.  She brings creative energy to City Hall, and has significantly raised the level of community engagement in the City of Mount Vernon through weekly coffee hours, a modern website, and “first impressions” initiatives.  Her skill in communication was developed over time by adapting to frequent relocations and jobs as a military spouse, as a Community Service Officer with Mount Vernon Police Department, and being a volunteer mediator.

Mayor Boudreau is a full time city administrator responsible for 10 Departments providing traditional municipal services such as public safety, public works, community development, parks and library.  The City of Mount Vernon’s population is 32,000 with an annual budget of $52 million.

In 2014, she served at the request of Governor Inslee on the State Route 530 landslide commission, and has led the Skagit Council of Government Transportation Policy Board as chairperson for the past 2 years.

Mayor Kevin McKeown of Santa Monica, California

mckeownheadshot1Kevin McKeown has been a Santa Monica renter for almost 40 years. He moved here to become general manager of KROQ, a career path begun at Yale’s campus radio station.

He also has been an award-winning advertising writer, done voice-overs, and owned a small radio recording studio on Main Street. McKeown now serves local children and teachers as Macintosh computer consultant for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

On the Council, where he is in his fifth term, McKeown focuses especially on affordable housing and environmental sustainability. He devotes much time and energy to responding to residents, and his leadership in helping people become more involved in local governance is longstanding.  McKeown came to the Council after chairing a neighborhood group, serving on the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights steering committee, and sharing his professional expertise as a founder of the city’s Public Electronic Network (PEN) and member of the Santa Monica Telecommunications Working Group.

McKeown has helped engage regional cities in working together on issues of homelessness, which he brought to the table as Santa Monica’s alternate to the Westside Cities Council of Governments. He is an elected member of the Democratic Party State Central Committee, and Southern California vice-chair of the party’s Irish-American caucus. He has twice (2010 and 2013) been named our Assembly District Democrat of the Year.

McKeown is committed to protecting Santa Monicans’ quality of life.

Understanding the link between pressures for overdevelopment and private political donations, McKeown continues to work in support of community efforts for local campaign finance reform.

 

Mayor William King of Sandy, Oregon

sandyormayor-180x240Mayor William King, a long-time resident of Sandy, Oregon, has lived in the community for 40 years. He raised 3 boys who have all attended local schools. He has been an active member of the local Kiwanis club. He has also owned a local auto repair business within the city limits for the past 27 years. In the fall of 2010 he won his mayoral campaign against a 16-year incumbent. One of the main points of his platform was to improve the level of engagement between the city and the business community.  Over the last 4 years in office, he and the City Council have created a business task force to assist new businesses and directed staff to hold regular meetings to discuss ways to help the local business community. The City Council, with Mayor King presiding, have recently made the decision to extend fiber optic service to residents and businesses in Sandy. Now citizens of Sandy have the opportunity to enjoy low cost, municipal, gigabit internet service.