About the Ambassador Program
Ambassadors are the emerging leaders in the member organizations that help us grow engagement, share ideas, and champion innovation – they are the fuel that helps the Alliance keep running. Through the Alliance Ambassador Program, a deeper connection with the Alliance and your organization is fostered. Ambassadors focus on increasing engagement and awareness about Alliance activities and events, as well as help facilitate the idea sharing coming out of your organization.
"The Alliance for Innovation Ambassador Program continues to be a valuable resource for building and promoting an innovative culture throughout our organization. Not only has the Ambassador Program been able to improve idea sharing internally throughout our organization, but has provided easy access and communication with other municipalities who are always looking for new ideas on how to improve the quality of life in their community” - Jenna Hurley, Administrative Assistant/Community Events Coordinator, City of Mason, OH and Alliance Ambassador
Ambassadors sustain and strengthen the connection between your organizations and the Alliance by:
The most important role for the Ambassadors is to help grow engagement. While your Regional Director can introduce staff to the Alliance and the tools and benefits of membership, we rely on the Ambassadors to champion the message and build awareness of the Alliance’s message.
Sharing New Ideas:
The Alliance only works if local governments share ideas with us. Since the Regional Directors are only three staff members, we rely on the Ambassadors to be our eyes and hears about what is happening in local government so we can share your ideas with the larger Alliance community.
Building Cultures of Innovation:
While the City Manager and traditional leadership of the organization are vital to building an innovative culture, the Ambassadors serve as an informal group of emerging leaders from all different parts of local government championing innovation. The Alliance doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits all approach to innovation. Instead, we believe in connecting the emerging leaders throughout the Alliance to share and discuss strategies to promote more innovation in local government.
So why should you become an Ambassador or why should every Alliance member organization have at least one Ambassador?
The Ambassador program is an opportunity to become a leader in bringing change to local government. It’s also a professional development opportunity to connect to emerging leaders across the country from various disciplines all interested in local government innovation. Whether you’re building your innovative skillset through the Ambassador Update, attending a live Ambassador Forum idea-exchange, connecting in the Ambassador Group, or more, you build skills and connections that build on the foundation for your career in local government.
If you are an Alliance member interested in becoming an Ambassador, please contact your Regional Director.
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FAQ about the Ambassadors
How many Ambassadors should we have?
It depends. There are no limitations on the amount of Ambassadors you can have. Depending on how large your organization is and/or how difficult it is to engage the entire organization, you may need more Ambassadors. The more Ambassadors you have the more organizational engagement you’ll see no matter your context.
How do we identify Ambassadors?
Ambassadors are already your emerging leaders. They can be in any department at any role in the organization. The Ambassador program is about empowering them to take a leadership role in the organization to help build a more innovative culture.
How do we recruit Ambassadors?
Outside of asking your staff, a great way to recruit Ambassadors is having your regional director do a presentation about the program. Another way is to invite potential Ambassadors to a networking event with other Ambassadors so they understand more what the program is about.
What time commitment does being an Ambassador require?
The Ambassador Program benefit is based on what you put into it. What we ask all Ambassadors to do is help us identify the emerging ideas in the organization and grow engagement by signing up accounts in their departments.