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PELA classroom

PELA uses a range of interactive and reflective learning experiences, including simulations, case studies, small learning teams, and participant-led discussions. Speakers from universities and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), as well as expert consultants, will lead discussions and share their experiences and insights. Participants will also learn from another valuable resource—each other.


UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty

Kim Nelson

Professor of Public Administration and Government

Expertise: Local government form and structure, local government management, public administration, local government innovation

Lydian Altman

Senior Manager of Leadership Curriculum Development

Expertise: Strategic planning, community visioning, team building and board development, collaborative relationships, regional cooperation, public sector coaching

James Johnson

Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Expertise: Urban economics, demographics, diversity, entrepreneurship, poverty issues, small business, welfare reform, outsourcing

Jonathan Morgan

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Expertise: Community and Economic Development, Economic Development, Regional Clusters

Rick Morse

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Expertise: Public administration; community and regional collaboration; citizen participation; public leadership

Tyler Mulligan

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government

Expertise: Community development, affordable housing, economic development

Carl Stenberg

Professor of Public Administration and Government and Director, Public Executive Leadership Academy

Expertise: Intergovernmental relations, leadership education and training for public officials, local government management and innovation, public administration, regionalism, strategic planning

John Stephens

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Expertise: Inter-agency and public policy dispute resolution, citizen participation, group collaboration and facilitation

Guest Speakers

John Nalbandian

Professor Emeritus, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Expertise: High-performance government, contemporary trends in local government, city management, manager-elected official relationships

Robert J. “Bob” O’Neill Jr.

Fellow, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston; and Former Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

Expertise: Leadership development, council-manager government, leadership, innovation

Mitchell Sava

Vice President of EduLab, National Geographic Society

Expertise: Innovation management and culture, human-centered design, social and public innovation, innovation and venture labs and accelerators, innovation and entrepreneurship policy

Mark Weaver

President, Communications Counsel Inc.

Expertise: News media, crisis communications, media law

Public Officials – Local and State Government Roles