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.”
Dr. Marie Peoples
Deputy County Manager, Coconino County
Dr. Marie PeoplesDeputy County Manager, Coconino County
Dr. Marie Peoples, Deputy County Manager, is charged with leading justice and human service related departments and County-wide initiatives. Dr. Peoples strives to provide visionary leadership, developing strategies to further the County’s mission and to collaborate with leaders across County Departments and the County. Prior to serving as Deputy County Manager, Dr. Peoples previously served as the Chief Health Officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District. Her career began as a substance abuse therapist within Missouri’s correctional system and she has worked within several of Missouri’s prisons with a variety of offender demographics and rehabilitative programs. In addition, she has worked for the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Dr. Peoples serves as a member of the Coconino Community College Governing Board, was a recipient of the Emerging Leader in Rural Women’s Health award, the Gabe Zimmerman Civic Leadership award, and is a Flinn-Brown fellow. Dr. Peoples is also a proud staff member of University of Phoenix, College of Doctoral Studies and a member of the Northern Arizona University Institutional Review Board. Dr. Peoples holds a Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in Public Health Epidemiology. Regardless of role, Dr. Peoples strives to develop innovative approaches to address social justice issues. She works to empower women, minorities, and disenfranchised populations to advocate for equality with a goal of eliminating disparities between populations.
Assistant City Manager, City of Boulder, Colorado
Pam DavisAssistant City Manager, City of Boulder, Colorado
Local government service is Pam Davis’ passion because she believes we accomplish more working together than separately. For the past eight years, she has worked on behalf of communities to promote equity, partnership, and innovation. Pam is currently Senior Management Analyst for the City of Boulder, Colorado, where she works with an incredible team to address adaptive challenges. Prior to Boulder, she served two different communities in Arizona, as the Budget Officer in Sierra Vista and the Assistant to the City Manager in Goodyear. Pam’s local government service began as the Management Assistant in Fort Collins, Colorado. During that time, she also served on a temporary assignment with the town of Estes Park, Colorado, assisting the town with disaster recovery efforts from the autumn floods of 2013.
Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Management from Arizona State University, where she worked with the Alliance for Innovation as a Marvin Andrews Fellow. In addition to her current role in Boulder, she serves as the chair of CivicPRIDE, the nation’s first professional association dedicated to advancing LGBTQIA+ leadership in local government. Leading CivicPRIDE is her effort to be the person she needed when she was younger.
City Manager, City of Phoenix, Arizona
Ed ZuercherCity Manager, City of Phoenix, Arizona
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.