Wednesday - November 14, 2018
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

The MMMA has partnered with ELGL (Engaging Local Government Leaders) for this unique program that inspires undergraduate students to pursue local government careers.

The day features a “Quickfire” panel that includes 14 speakers from different areas of local government (e.g., police, fire, finance, public health, and economic development). These local leaders will give a quick overview of what brought them to public service and give the students an idea of where their education can take them. Over lunch, there will be an opportunity for attendees to interact with all of the panelists and focus on a particular area of interest to them. There will also be an opportunity to hear from early career professionals on how they broke into the business.

This event is being held on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and is open to all students at UMass and the surrounding schools. MMMA and STAM members are also encouraged to attend. Lunch is included and there will be networking time as well.

This event is free but registration is required.


10-10:30 a.m.
Check-In, Coffee

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Peter Lombardi, Town Administrator, Wenham, and MMMA Future Managers Committee Chair
Abby Fitch, ELGL
Paul Bockelman, Town Manager, Amherst

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
“Quickfire” Session
Since it’s called a quickfire, each speaker will take only 4-6 minutes to speak about how they’ve taken their education and skills and transformed that into a career in public service.
Speakers include:
Laura Ducharme, Community Services Director, Acton
Julie Federman, Public Health Director, Amherst
Captain Jennifer Gunderson, Amherst Police Dept.
Carolyn Brennan, Council on Aging Director, East Longmeadow
Christopher Ketchen,Chief Administrative Officer, Lee and Lenox
Chief John Ingram, Leverett Fire Dept.
Carolyn Kosnoff, Assistant Town Manager for Finance, Lexington
Megan Zammuto, Economic Development Coordinator, Lexington
Nina Nazarian, Town Administrator, Princeton
Esme Green, Library Director, Sudbury
Molly Fitzpatrick Kean, Human Resources Generalist, Weston
Moderators: Peter Lombardi, Town Administrator,Wenham, and Carl Valente, retired Town Manager

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
A great opportunity for interaction between speakers and attendees

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
What’s Next? Pursuing a Career in Local Government
Speakers will talk about their experience with ‘breaking into the business’ and offer some tips and strategies.
Speakers include:
Brianna Sunryd, Communications Manager, Amherst
Sarah Stanton, Town Manager, Bedford
Megan Zammuto, Economic Development Coordinator, Lexington

Campus Center, Room 168 (Lower Level), 1 Campus Center Way, UMass Amherst

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker
Massachusetts Municipal Management Association