IWPA 2024 Speakers


Pat Martel | IWPA Keynote Speaker

Pat Martel, appointed ICMA West Coast Regional Director in 2019, brings over 38 years of executive leadership experience in California local government. She has held key positions in Inglewood, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Francisco, and Hayward, most notably serving as City Manager of Daly City from 2005 to 2018 and as General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Pat is renowned for her commitment to efficient public service, community engagement, and advancing diversity in local government.

In her current role, Pat supports over 1,500 ICMA members across six states and assists the ICMA Executive Board Vice Presidents representing the West Coast. She has also served as the 102nd President of ICMA and held leadership roles on various professional boards. Among her many accolades are the California City Management Foundation’s City Manager of the Year and the Women Leading Government Career Excellence Award. Pat holds a B.S. in Public Affairs and Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Maja Husar Holmes | School Director of SPAA

Maja Holmes is the Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Professor of Public Administration. She is dedicated to advancing public service education, engaged scholarship, and fostering inclusivity through research, teaching, and service.

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Kimiko Black Gilmore | Deputy City Manager Kansas City, MO

For more than 20 years, Deputy City Manager Kimiko Black Gilmore has been helping shape Kansas City’s national and international footprint. Gilmore began her career with the City in 2000 as a council aide and went on to build her professional portfolio in leadership positions in community development and as a U.S. Senate staffer. She returned to the City in 2009 as assistant to the City Manager and progressed to Assistant City Manager in 2012. After a stint as the Chief of Staff at her alma mater - the University of Missouri - Kansas City - she returned to City Hall as Deputy City Manager. As a city management professional, she has provided oversight in the areas of housing, health, human relations, legislative affairs, emergency management, corrections and neighborhoods. Gilmore helped lead the city’s efforts in several initiatives including the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and Events, the Royals 2015 World Series Parade and worked closely with representatives from the Kansas City Sports Commission to craft the city’s bids for the 2023 NFL Draft and the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Anna-Marie Romero | EJSCREEN Coordinator at EPA

Anna-Marie Romero currently works for the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 as an EJSCREEN Coordinator. Previously, she worked as an Environmental Justice Tribal, Indigenous Peoples Advisor, and a Children's Environmental Health and Healthy Schools Coordinator for the EPA. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas Urban Planning Master's Program and received her undergraduate degree from Haskell Indian Nations University.

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Irma Faudoa | Executive Director of KHLAAC

Irma is the Executive Director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and was appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. Previously, she worked for the City of Topeka in various housing-related roles and received her master's in public administration from the University of Kansas in addition to her undergraduate degrees in political science and government.

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Julia Novak | Executive Vice President at Raftelis

Julia established The Novak Consulting Group in September 2009. Her reputation and experience as a consultant who offers practical and implementable recommendations are grounded in more than 15 years of active service to local governments, including Fort Collins, Colorado; Lexington, Massachusetts; Rockville, Maryland; and as the city manager of Rye, New York. She is a practitioner first who has expanded her knowledge and expertise as a consultant for hundreds of organizations across the United States.

Julia is an established thought leader in the areas of governance and administration. In April 2002, Julia was one of 20 practitioners who participated in the ICMA-sponsored symposium on the future of local government administration. Her response to Dr. James Svara’s paper, “City Council, Roles, Performance, and the Form of Government,” is included in the ICMA-published book, “The Future of Local Government Administration.” Public Management Magazine has published multiple articles that she authored and co-authored, including “Preparing Councils for Their Work,” co-authored with Dr. John Nalbandian; “Permission to Manage” which discusses the importance of using data to manage local governments; “Dreams That Make a Difference” on the value of community based strategic planning; “Civility,” and most recently, “Using Data in Police Management.”

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Jan Perkins | Vice President at Raftelis

Jan Perkins has over 30 years of management experience in local government. She served in several California and Michigan jurisdictions, including as City Manager in Fremont and Morgan Hill, California. She also served the cities of Santa Ana, California as Assistant City Manager; Grand Rapids, Michigan in various analyst roles and Deputy City Manager; and Adrian, Michigan as Community Development Director and Assistant City Administrator.

Jan is an expert facilitator and organization development consultant. She provides consulting assistance to government leaders in organizational analysis, leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning, teambuilding, executive performance evaluation, and policy board/staff effectiveness.

Jan’s personal objective is to help local government leaders be their best, encourage young people to enter local government as a career and thrive in it, and to foster good governance at the local level. Jan believes in valuing all individuals, doing our best in all we do, collaborating with others to solve problems, and planning for the future.

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Jenny Mehmedovic | Assistant Director of Consulting Services

Jenny Mehmedovic holds an MBA from the University of Kansas. She is an experienced facilitator with more than 10 years of experience in higher education in faculty development, coaching, mentoring, and academic department strategic planning, as well as recent experience working with public sector audiences. Her expertise focuses on strategic planning, team building, and process improvement. Jenny is a Board Certified Executive Coach.

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Kate Nygren | Associate Director, Education Programs

Kate Nygren joined the Public Management Center in 2021, bringing a decade of research and university instruction in leadership, communication, writing, and literature. Kate’s career focus has been on helping people develop their skills, professionalization, and leadership potential and practice. She’s also built and collaborated with teams, helped lead organizational change, negotiated and instituted budget cuts, sought out new networks and mentors, collaborated on strategic plans, and much more. These experiences helped her shape her own professional identity and skill sets and provide valuable context in which to share and learn alongside PMC program participants. In her role, she manages the Heartland Certified Public Manager® Program and the Emerging Leaders Academy. Kate holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Kansas. Kate and her husband Blake have two daughters, Zelma and Margot.

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Noel Rasor | Assistant Director for Curriculum and Program Quality

Noel Rasor joined the Public Management Center in 2009 and has led the Center’s Emerging Leaders Academy and the Heartland Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM). In her current role Noel facilitates the development of curriculum and instructional design across PMC programs to create high quality education and learning experiences for participants while ensuring the programs are consistent with current, high quality research. Noel also continues to teach and provide cohort facilitation in CPM, contributes to instruction and facilitation across the PMC’s other programs and consulting projects, and leads PMC efforts to integrate and embed diversity and social equity content and approaches in our work.

Noel has held previous roles with the University of Kansas and at the chapter and national levels for the American Red Cross. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan, a master's in urban planning from KU, and she completed doctoral work at KU in American Studies.

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Bianca Boyd | PMC Instructor and Doctoral Trainee in Counseling Psychology

Bianca Boyd is a doctoral trainee in the counseling psychology program at the University of Kansas (KU), specializing in vocational and psychological wellness. With over 9 years of dedicated service to diverse populations in community and university settings, Bianca brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the field.

Prior to joining the team, Bianca worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center, facilitating work wellbeing groups tailored specifically for women of color serving as medical practitioners. Through this initiative, Bianca helped to address the unique challenges facing women in the medical profession and provided support in navigating their career journeys. Additionally, Bianca served as a vocational therapist at Oklahoma State University (OSU) for 4 years. During this time, she provided individual counseling services to students, alums, and community members experiencing mental and emotional concerns due to vocational issues.

Bianca loves teaching and training and has created course content and career development classes for students at KU. Each summer, she also provides culturally responsive vocational training to career advisors.

With a bachelor’s degree in public relations and master’s degrees in both Student Affairs-Higher Education and Clinical Mental Health, Bianca brings diverse experiences and perspectives to her work and training. More importantly, she is deeply committed to providing inclusive care to all individuals and organizations she serves.

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