ILG’s Public Engagement program benefits from the input of a panel of academics, local elected officials, local government staff, community leaders and public engagement practitioners. These panel members provide guidance and feedback to help us understand and respond to the public engagement-related needs of local officials in California. If you have questions about the POA please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, the Public Engagement Panel of Advisors (POA) members are not ILG staff and they cannot be contacted through ILG.
Ed is a project director with the Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation in October 2016. He has a background in education policy, having previously served as education policy advisor for State Senator Carol Liu, who chaired the California Senate Education Committee. His work in the Senate focused on K-12 education policy, school-based health, community schools partnership strategies and cross agency collaboration.
Jeff Kiernan currently works with the League of California Cities as Regional Public affairs Manager for the 25 cities which make the Las Virgenes-Malibu, South Bay and Westside cities of Los Angeles County.
Ms. Kopell is an independent consultant who has been has been helping local governments and state agencies create and implement effective strategies for community engagement for more than 30 years. She has developed and managed engagement processes along the “collaboration continuum,” ranging from gathering public input to working with key stakeholders to co-design and implement programs, in the areas of public budgeting, election reform, neighborhood revitalization, downtown redevelopment, air quality, transportation, recycling, youth development, and public health.
Patricia E. Martel has served as the City Manager of Daly City, the largest and most diverse full-service community in San Mateo County, CA, since 2005. She also serves as the General Manager of the North San Mateo County Sanitation District.
Shelly Masur is the CEO of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. She brings almost twenty years of experience working with youth-serving non-profits and in education-related leadership roles to CDEF.