The AFI community is made up of tens of thousands of Very Innovative People. Here is just a small sample of speakers that will be at TLG Govapalooza. Check back for coming announcements.
CEO, Alliance for Innovation
Joel CarnesCEO, Alliance for Innovation
Joel Carnes has spent his career driving innovation at every level — from developing products, to managing teams, leading organizations, and ultimately impacting entire systems.
Joel has held executive leadership positions with some of the most innovative organizations in the world, including XPRIZE, SecondMuse, Activision, and Disney Imagineering. He is currently the CEO of Alliance for Innovation (AFI), a social impact organization dedicated to building innovation in local government strategy, operations, culture, and ecosystems.
AFI currently supports hundreds of local government organizations across North America as they undertake their own innovation journeys. Learn more at www.transformgov.org
Ed Zuercher was appointed Phoenix City Manager in October 2013. In this role, Zuercher reports to the Mayor and City Council as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Phoenix, overseeing the largest council-manager form of government in the United States, with 15,000 city employees, including seven employee unions and associations. He encourages city employees to focus on working smart, spending wisely and being kind to customers in order to provide outstanding, innovative, and effective services at an affordable cost. In 2017, Phoenix was recognized by Governing Magazine and Living Cities as the top city in their inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey, which recognizes Phoenix's capacity and compliance in high performing governance.
Working with the Mayor and City Council, he is responsible for a city budget of $4 billion, including airport, water/wastewater, solid waste, convention center, transit system and general city services. Zuercher’s 26-year career with the city started as a Management Intern and included Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and Assistant City Manager. He serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Valley of the Sun United Way. He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his B.A. in English/secondary education from Goshen College in Indiana. Prior to his time at the city of Phoenix, Ed taught high school English and American History. He enjoys life in central Phoenix and spends free time exploring Phoenix's incredible mountain and desert preserves.
Futurist, Economist and Human Spark Plug. Buckle up buttercup, this isn't your average keynote.
Rebecca RyanFuturist, Economist and Human Spark Plug. Buckle up buttercup, this isn't your average keynote.
Rebecca Ryan is a “human spark plug”, futurist and economist.
Rebecca is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation, a Senior Advisor at the Governing Institute, a faculty member at the Institute for Zen Leadership, the founder of Futurist Camp, the inventor of Futures Labs, and the owner of NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.
She is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015), ReGENERATION: A
Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013), and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Her TEDx talk, Spring is Coming, was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, calls Rebecca “one of the most reliable sources for CEOs and Mayors who want to attract and keep the next generation of creative workers.”