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Paths to Public Service featuring Jose Manuel Ayon

Paths to Public Service featuring Jose Manuel Ayon

Name: Jose Manuel Ayon

Job Title: Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) at the California Department of Veterans Affairs

Recommended Reading: On Leadership by John W. Gardner

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What was your path into public service?

I majored in Political Science as an undergrad at UC Berkeley with the clear intention of one day returning to Sacramento to work in the public service sector. In addition, I was a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow through the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a President Public Service Fellow through the University of California, Center Sacramento. After graduating and completing the Fellowship, I joined the United States Army Reserve as a commissioned officer and currently still serve as a 1st Lieutenant. I also had the opportunity to work with the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and at CSU, Sacramento. Such experiences fueled my passion for public service and gave me the tools to join such sector as a competitive applicant.

What do you do in your current position, and what is something you are working on right now?

I am currently an AGPA for the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Minority Division. This division oversees several programs that are oriented to serve underrepresented and underserved veterans. This includes the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program, where I support both internal and external operations. I am extremely passionate about this work because of my military occupation and the passion I have in regards to giving back to my community. Our work is very much needed, and I am extremely honored to be part of this amazing team at CalVet.

What cautionary tip would you give to someone looking for a job in state service? Applying for State jobs can be a very long and repetitive process. However, staying proactive by regularly updating resumes and applications will really be crucial in the long run.

How does your position in public service compare to other jobs you’ve had in the past?

I enjoy the fast pace that comes with my occupation. Being able to support and work for our California Veterans community as a member of the military is something unique about this job compared to other occupations. The work that we are doing here at CalVet is very rewarding and I definitely enjoy it.

Paths to Public Service featuring Danielle Metzinger

Paths to Public Service featuring Danielle Metzinger

Name: Danielle Metzinger

Job Title: Strategic Goal Program Manager (Civil service classification: Staff Services Manager I Specialist) at the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

Recommended Reading: We Don’t Make Widgets by Ken Miller

Spirit Animal: Hummingbird

Song stuck in your head right now: “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande

Danielle Metzinger is a Strategic Goal Program Manager for the California Department of Transportation and serves as Deputy Director of NxtGov. She was one of the founding members of NxtGov and has served multiple roles in the organization including Membership Lead and Director of the Ambassador Program. Danielle received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from William Jessup University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organization Development from University of San Francisco.

 

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What was your path into public service?

I was drawn to public service because I wanted to do something that matters. After working in the nonprofit and private sectors, I realized my deepest motivation was to meaningfully serve others and to advance the common good as much I can with my career. State government is a way to serve on a large-scale and put things in motion that will make lasting impact on those in need. I was also drawn to public service because of the job stability and flexibility it affords employees. As a millennial, I saw the devastating impact of the Great Recession on my community and the value of stable employment. I learned from public servant friends how much variety and flexibility was available and saw myself building a civil service career.

I sought guidance from friends who worked in civil service and took the better part of my final semester of college to take civil service exams and apply for as many jobs as I qualified for. My diligence and tenacity paid off and I was able to land a position and start my civil service career as a Staff Services Analyst (an entry-level analytical position) within a month of graduating college.

I remain in public service because of the incredible people I’ve been able to work with and the fascinating projects I get the chance to contribute to. I have amazing mentors and friends through my public service career that have forever shattered the negative stereotype of the “state worker” and keep me motivated to accomplish my absolute best for the people of California. I’ve also received support for continuing my education and increasing my skills so I can reach my potential. I’m also able to work on large scale projects across different functions and organizations within government which I find tremendously rewarding and interesting.

 

What do you do in your current position, and what is something you are working on right now?

In my current position at CalTrans I bring leaders together to focus on the organization’s top priority – its impact on the safety and health of CalTrans employees and the public. I’ve been inspired by CalTrans’ commitment to safety in every aspect and function of the organization, and the work CalTrans does to promote and plan for active transportation such as walking, biking, and transit. I’m fortunate to work for an organization which is focused on the future and improving fundamentals like access and safety in transportation to facilitate a better life for all people in California and bolster our country’s economy.

 

What cautionary tip would you give to someone looking for a job in Civil Service?

Don’t sell yourself short! The civil service process, and even the language used in job descriptions, can be intimidating even to the most intelligent and accomplished prospective civil servant. Your experience (whether paid or not) is valuable and it all “counts” when it comes to qualifying for a civil service position. Consider the full range of your education and experience when taking an exam and applying for a position.

 

What was your strategy for applying to public service positions? In hindsight, would you change your approach?

My strategy for applying to my first public service position was to apply for any position that I had passed an exam for and was near where I lived. With the high amount of applicants in the system and without possessing any public service experience, I understood this is a competitive process and I would need to focus on increasing my chances of landing an interview. Essentially I applied to as many jobs as I qualified for. Coupled with that, I always made sure to tailor each application to the position and carefully follow any directions for the application (for example, including a specific number on the application, attaching a resume, etc.) and include a tailored cover letter. These efforts helped me secure my first position which was an excellent foundation for my public service career.

In hindsight, I realized I would often include extraneous items (such as my civil service exam results) that weren’t required and I could have left out without it hurting my chances. Paying careful attention to the application requirements is paramount. Don’t feel like you need to include anything and everything!

Celebrating 2 years – from an idea to a community

Celebrating 2 years – from an idea to a community

BIRTHDAY

 

The Beginning

In 2014, the *California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) launched an initiative to revamp the way the State hires, trains, retains, and develops its workforce. The Civil Service Improvement (CSI) Initiative was a bold, but honest attempt at revamping bureaucracy to bring it into modern times. Acknowledging this effort required new ways of thinking, the Agency Secretary of GovOps, Marybel Batjer, made an active effort to ensure work-groups formed for this initiative and sought input from recent civil service hires.

 

In a state as diverse as California, there remains a need for a workforce that can represent multiple stories. A diversity of experience and thought at all levels is needed throughout the State. Furthermore, as a result of the economic downturn, the State had less than 1% of “millennial” civil service hires resulting in an unintentional divide of generations across civil service. To this end, Secretary Batjer and other leaders hosted a “Millennial Brown Bag” inviting passionate public servants to share their stories. They spoke about the challenges experienced while applying to State jobs, silos within government, and the opportunities the State had to remediate them. Public servants did not have a platform nor a space to come together and actively break the unintended silos of government.

 

The Rise of NxtGov

NxtGov launched on February 2, 2017 with support from GovOps and many other public servants. NxtGov was born out of the need to ensure public servants would have a space and voice in important government initiatives impacting the workforce. We recognized that it was not just millennials that wanted change. We rebranded the term “millennial” to include all generations because true change requires collective action from a diverse community.

 

NxtGov is a professional network of people passionate about public service, improving our community, and the overall success of society. We recognize that to drive transformational change, there is a need to actively collaborate across sectors. The core of our work is built on our values to serve, collaborate, and inspire. To this end, NxtGov focuses on a few core program areas and values:

  1. Recruiting the next generation of public servants.
  2. Empowering change agents throughout government to be NxtGov Ambassadors.
  3. Consulting with California government entities looking to incorporate the perspective of the new workforce into their projects and strategic agendas.
  4. Giving back to our community by coordinating regular community engagement events and forming partnerships with local nonprofits.
  5. Expanding our network across silos and sectors by building our membership.
  6. Providing professional development opportunities for current members.

 

Present

NxtGov continues to evolve and grow. In November 2018, we hosted an Executive Team election. The new Executive Team leads the program areas and our membership has expanded along with our partnerships with state government, private sector, local government, and nonprofits.

 

Spaces like NxtGov are unique. Public service is an honorable and hard endeavor. However, when you have a safe space and a community to collaborate and experiment your innovative thoughts, it makes our work much more rewarding and fulfilling.

 

*The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) is a state entity focusing on improving government. It was created in 2013 to increase collaboration across the operations of all state government, including the task to ensure departments had the right people, the right tools, and the processes in place to deliver services to all Californians. GovOps is an umbrella to many departments that provide services to other government entities including the core functions of technology, procurement, and human resources.

NxtGov Millennials in Public Service

NxtGov Millennials in Public Service

 

NxtGov would like to thank Innovative Pathways to Public Service for its support and collaboration. Innovative Pathways to Public Service works across sectors to bring the next generation into meaningful careers at all levels of government. Their vision is for the public sector to become a destination employer, attracting a more diverse and younger workforce who will experience multiple career opportunities within government employment over the life of their careers. Together we were able to capture inspiring interviews with a diverse group of millennial public servants in Sacramento, California. These interviews would not have been possible without the commitment of this intrepid group and the incredible young public servants who took the time to share their inspiring stories. NxtGov appreciates its volunteers and most importantly thanks them for their dedication and efforts to public service!

 

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Andrew Kehoe – Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Angelica Quirarte – California Government Operations Agency

Danielle Metzinger – California Department of Transportation

Jaskamal Preetkaur – Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Julian Nunn – California Department of Social Services

Mark Jimenez – California Department of Finance

Meagan Tokunaga – California Department of Finance

Nathalie Nguyen – California Business, Consumer Services Housing Agency

Seth Yund – California Air Resources Board

Treylynd Bowles – California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

William Pitts – CPS HR Consulting

Become a Change Agent in your Organization – Encourage innovation through collaboration.

Become a Change Agent in your Organization – Encourage innovation through collaboration.

By Randi Hanks, Communications Specialist at NxtGov

Published on January 14, 2019

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What is a change agent? A change agent is a person within an organization who strategically encourages and promotes positive transformation through innovation and collaboration with others.

 

All too often, marketing and leadership teams place the term innovation into a mission statement or value list, but fail to promote or implement the strategies necessary to ensure its success. From afar, innovation and change are desirable qualities held by companies and prospective employees; up close, it can be an entirely different story. Anxiety, doubt and fear can be felt when experiencing major adjustments. By assuming that change within an organization is an easy task, one is setting a team up for failure. Read on as we go over four main topics that can help you ease the process of change within your organization.

 

Question and listen with compassion

Working with individuals to streamline or automate a process that is already in place begins by asking questions and listening for the pain points. It is not uncommon for a change request to stem from a process that is causing frustration or confusion, so expect some initial angst or push back from the individuals sharing their thoughts.

 

Tip: To help jump start the process, gather your team and the individuals responsible for performing the process everyday and perform a question-storming session. “The Innovator’s DNA” recommends asking a minimum of 50 questions during a session, while only providing or seeking answers after.

 

Create a safe environment for voices to be heard

Involving those who will be directly impacted by the change ensures details are not missed and encourages successful solutions to be built. In the Business Analyst industry, these individuals are called Subject Matter Experts or “SMEs”. SMEs are the secret ingredient to creating a successful solution. They contain the knowledge of the current process and will be the main source of positivity regarding the streamlined process. If the opinions of the SMEs, or any other key stakeholder, are not considered, they are far less likely to buy into the new process.  

 

Tip: Observe the individuals who are hesitant to share their thoughts and reach out to them directly. Explain how their shared opinions and concerns are valuable and by providing them, an innovative solution is more likely to have a positive impact. If a SME provides insight into the new process, point out where their input encouraged a positive change.

 

Encourage the 50/50.

The impacted employees’ input and voices are equally important to the change agents’ innovative ideas and final designs. Encourage the impacted individual(s) to take an active role in the project. There has yet to be a change agent who can read minds. Without diverse opinions being shared by the team, the new idea will only be able to grow so far.

 

Tip: Listen for the word “should” by the designers or managers in charge of the original process. More times than not, it will point directly towards an area of frustration within the process at hand. Simply observe and take note as to why the process is not being completed, as it “should”. This will lead directly to the areas where innovation is most critical. When working with the Subject Matter Experts, testing the new process before going live cannot be emphasized enough. This is the moment where you will find the critical points that have been missed.

 

Paint a picture or tell a story

Once the idea has sparked in a change agents’ mind, it can be difficult to convey it to the audience. There are several thoughts and past experiences that connect together to create that one big idea. A change agent’s mission is to share those connections in a clear and understandable way.

 

Tip: Find the medium that works best for describing the new idea to the audience whether that is painting a picture using flowcharts, diagrams and design mockups, or telling a story using dialogue, written word and communication. Build a bridge, connecting the dots of an employees’ day-to-day life, with the new imagined idea.

 

Forcing a change upon people causes push back, however, incorporating all impacted employees throughout the process, remaining compassionate to concerns and showing how their ideas positively impacted the design, will encourage the acceptance of change.

 

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Why Ongoing Partnerships with Local Organizations Matter

Why Ongoing Partnerships with Local Organizations Matter

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On December 19, NxtGov organized a volunteer event at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS) clothing donation center. This was our third recurring event at the clothing donation center since we committed to an ongoing partnership of volunteering every other month.

 

I feel so fortunate to be able to give back to such an important organization in our community. While organizing and hanging clothing donations is just one small piece of SFBFS’ work, it means a lot to contribute to the mission and help out the staff. We have also participated in food donation sorting and the annual turkey distribution at SFBFS. There is something special about our continued involvement at the clothing donation center.

 

As volunteers, we sort clothes that our neighbors have donated to the site. We do not simply hang and sort the clothes—we make the “sales floor” a pleasant and clean refuge for those in need. I like to think that we are a welcoming presence for the shoppers, who sometimes have kids wanting to play or are in search for a special item. We are there when volunteers are abundant and our job is to stock the back for busy times. We are also there when the “sales floor” is in disarray and in need of some love.

 

Because I have organized a number of volunteer events with SFBFS, I can help train new volunteers—in our group or with others. I have grown to know the full-time employees and look forward to seeing them on our Wednesday nights together.

 

There is something magical about being a part of something bigger than ourselves. While folding clothes for a few hours is a small action in and of itself, I know that doing so helps brings together like-minded public servants around a culture of service. I cannot wait to see NxtGov continue to spread this mission—and these feelings of connectedness, purpose, and giving.

 

– Meagan, NxtGov’s Community Engagement Director.

Give Back + Learn with NxtGov

Give Back + Learn with NxtGov

 

Welcome our newly elected Executive Team!

Our newly elected NxtGov Executive Team is already hitting the ground running to take NxtGov to the next level! Learn more about our election results.
Danielle Metzinger (Deputy Director), Carlos Aguilera (External Communications and Digital), Sharzad Najarzadeh (Member Liaison), Craig Castleton (Ambassador Program Director). Bottom row, left to right: Tonia Burgess (Director of Professional Development), Seth Yund (Director of Recruitment), Meagan Tokunaga (Director of Community Engagement).

Join us for the Cal-IPGCA Day of Innovation!

“Cal-IPGCA has been a terrific program. It allowed participants to brainstorm, collaborate and come up with innovative resolutions to State’s most challenging problems. It has been a fantastic experience for professional growth. I am particularly grateful to NxtGov for the scholarship it provided which allowed me this amazing experience.” – Bobby Dutta, Analyst with the California Department of Public Health and recipient of the NxtGov scholarship.

Meet Bobby and other government innovators at the Cal-IPGCA Day of Innovation!
When: Thursday, December 6, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: 707 Third Street, West Sacramento, CA 95605
Cost: FREE!
This event will feature Keynote Speakers, the 2018 “Innovationists” and the teamed Moonshot Projects covering 5 Innovation Priorities.  The day closes with the Cohort 2018 Graduation Ceremony and Awards Reception.

 

Register Here

Donate to the NxtGov Toy Drive

NxtGov is sponsoring a donation drive for Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) to help children in need! Please join us in this cause and in the opportunity to give back to the community.

 

Donations online go towards children’s activities such as therapy sessions here: https://www.crhkids.org/donate – if you do this, please list NxtGov as your organization!

 

About CRH: Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has been a refuge for children and youth affected by abuse, neglect and trauma. They are the first line of defense for children and youth who have been removed from their homes. www.crhkids.org

Data Communication Workshop

 

When: Monday, December 17th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: CDSS – Auditorium, 744 P Street, Sacramento, 95814
Cost:    FREE

 

Michael Valle from California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSPHD) will share how OSHPD communicates with data.  OSHPD is improving data communication by organizing data products so they are more easily discoverable, formatting data in a way that is easily consumable by people and software, telling stories to give context to the data, and thinking about what the audience for the data to meet their goals. Come and learn more about these innovative uses of data.

Cost is free but space is limited! Register today!

 

We want to know your training needs and interests!

 

NxtGov’s Professional Development Committee is working on developing future events and want to hear what topics you are most interested in. As we are a member-driven organization, we would like to build our content and services around what you most need and want.

Are you interested in…
-Learning and applying new professional skills?
-Expanding your professional network?
-Connect with existing resources and trainings?
-Truly connect with middle management?
-Create personal financial plans?
-Speak to upcoming civil service employees?
Complete this short survey to help inform our efforts and improve our services so you benefit!

Take Survey Here
Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Professional Development Program!

 

Join us Thursday, December 20th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at Bottle and Barlow
We had a ton of new faces at the last Happy Hour! Thanks to everybody for bringing your friends. Let’s celebrate all we’ve accomplished in 2018 and what we look forward to in the coming year. Please note we are getting together on the 20th!

 

November Highlights

Turkey Distribution at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

NxtGov recently partnered with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to distribute turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday! This one-day event helped approximately 4,000 families. Families were given turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods.

CalAggie Alumni Association Networking

NxtGov connected with the CalAggie Alumni Association to host the “Exploring Careers in Public Service” networking event! NxtGov provided recent and existing UCD alums advice regarding public service.

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November 2018

November 2018

 

Happy November!  Mid-Term Elections, NxtGov Executive Team Elections, Video Series, NxtGov Training Improvements, Mock Climate Negotiations, Thanksgiving and more…
Opportunities to Get Involved
Vote for your NxtGov Executive Team Candidates now! And RSVP for this Friday’s Election Event today!
When: Friday, November 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

WhereSacramento City Hall

NxtGov is hosting elections for our Executive Team roles, it’s time to vote! The ballots were sent out via email in October but if you need to refresh your memory as to who is running, check out out the candidate profiles on NxtGov.org now!

Join us this Friday, November 9th, at Sacramento City Hall where we will be hosting the election event with light appetizers.

RSVP Here!

*You must be a subscribed NxtGov member to be eligible to vote.
*Online votes count for 1 point and in person votes at the election event count for 10 points
*You can only vote for one candidate per position
*You can only vote once

We want to know your training needs and interest!!
NxtGov’s Professional Development Committee is working on developing future events and want to hear what topics you are most interested in. As we are a member-driven organization, we would like to build our content and services around what you most need and want.

Are you interested in…
-Learning and applying new professional skills?
-Expanding your professional network?
-Connect with existing resources and trainings?
-Truly connect with middle management?
-Create personal financial plans?
-Speak to upcoming civil service employees?
Complete this short survey to help inform our efforts and improve our services so you benefit!

Take Survey Here
Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Professional Development Program!
CAL-IPGCA Day of Innovation Event
When: Thursday, December 6, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: 707 Third Street, West Sacramento, CA 95605
This event will feature Keynote Speakers, the 2018 “Innovationists” and the teamed Moonshot Projects covering 5 Innovation Priorities.  The day closes with the Cohort 2018 Graduation Ceremony and Awards Reception.

Register Here
Casting Call! Star in a Video Series
When: Wednesday, November 14th

Where: B Street Theatre, 2711 B St, Sacramento, CA 95816
NxtGov is partnering with Innovative Pathways to Public Service and we are doing a casting call for public servants who want to appear in short videos talking about their experience in public service!

This includes all our members in local governments and special districts and municipalities such as SMUD. The video series is part of a regional effort that is looking to increase recruitment and retention into public sector jobs.

We are looking for genuine, enthusiastic, and diverse faces. Ideal candidates should have worked in public service between 1 to 5 years and represent various types of jobs in government, from analysts, to scientists and more.

Check out this info sheet for more details and to select a time to participate. Please sign up for a time slot by November 10!

Contact us if you have any questions!

Immigration – Department of Social Services Exchange Series
When: Monday, November 19th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: CDSS – Auditorium, 744 P Street, Sacramento, 95814

Marcela Ruiz is the Chief of our Immigration and Refugees Programs Branch within the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division. Over the past few years, our funding for Immigration programs has grown from zero, to $75 million per year.

Marcela will talk about these programs and the impacts they’re having; different categories of immigrants, including asylees, refugees, T- and U-visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and unaccompanied undocumented minors; and talk about important recent events affecting immigrants, including family separation policies, detention and releases, refugee and parolee releases, and proposed federal regulatory changes to family separations and the definition of a “public charge” when it comes to the use of public benefits and services programs.

Cost is free but space is limited! Register today!

Data Communication – Department of Social Services Exchange Series
When: Monday, December 17th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: CDSS – Auditorium, 744 P Street, Sacramento, 95814
Michael Valle from California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSPHD), a sister department to DSS, will share how OSHPD communicates with data.  OSHPD is improving data communication by organizing data products so they are more easily discoverable, formatting data in a way that is easily consumable by people and software, telling stories to give context to the data, and thinking about what the audience for the data to meet their goals. Come and learn more about these innovative uses of data.

Cost is free but space is limited! Register today!

Happy Hour
When: Thursday, November 29th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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We had a ton of new faces at the last Happy Hour! Thanks to everybody for bringing your friends. Join us at the November Happy Hour! This will be your chance to meet new friends and chat with the new NxtGov Exec team!

Community Engagement
NxtGov + Asian Pacific State Employees Association (APSEA)’s 5K run
On October 27, NxtGov joined members of Asian Pacific State Employees Association (APSEA) for the 15th annual charity 5K “Run for a Safe Haven” benefiting My Sister’s House. Click the link below to learn more about NxtGov’s awesome Community Engagement Program!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

NxtGov Community Engagement Monthly Meet Up
When: Thursday, November 9th,  6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Old Soul Capitol Mall, 555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento 95814

Join us as we plan our November event and discussing any additional engagements we should do for the holidays. See you there!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program

Professional Development
Climate Change Negotiations Game Night
This weekend, NxtGovs’ Professional Development team facilitated an excellent, engaging, and educational ‘game night’ where we had the opportunity to mock international negotiations about a very timely topic – climate change. We had a great turnout and a fun opportunity to meet new people. We can’t wait for more events like this in the future and hope to see you there!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Professional Development Program!

Recruitment
When: Wednesday, November 14th,  6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Kupros Craft House, 1217 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Join us as we plan our November event and discussing any additional engagements we should do for the holidays. See you there!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Recruitment Program!

NxtGov is Thankful for You!

From everybody here at NxtGov, we would like to thank you for participating, engaging, innovating, and supporting our mission.  It is up to us to shape the city we call home and how we provide the services that are critical to the public’s well-being.  It has been a terrific journey thus far and we are truly excited to see where the new Executive Team will take us moving forward.  We’ve enjoyed standing next to you, on the front line, fighting for the change we believe in and we hope you are as proud of your accomplishments as we are.  Enjoy the upcoming holidays with your loved ones.

-NxtGov Executive Team

Connect with Us
NxtGov is on Slack!
 

NxtGov is now on Slack! Follow these simple steps to join our workspace and stay on top of all upcoming events:

  1. Request to join our workspace
  2. Once you’ve filled out your profile information and joined NxtGov’s workspace, introduce yourself in the General channel
  3. Now that you are a part NxtGov’s workspace, you can be requested to specific channels. These channels include: Community Engagement, Professional Development, Recruitment, and Random. Request to be a part of any channel you want (we encourage you to be a part of all of them!) in the General channel.
NEW NxtGov Calendar!
 

You can now find all of our events on the NxtGov Calendar from our homepage!

 

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Vote: A Message and an Invitation

Vote: A Message and an Invitation

*updated 11/8/18

We are a nonpartisan organization, but we recognize the opportunity of engaging in the process of electing leaders that reflect our values. Election Day brought a significant increase in civic engagement in most of the country.

NxtGov is hosting our Election Event this Friday November 9th.

This smaller, but significant election represents our work in serving the public, collaborating across the silos, and inspiring the current and next generation of public servants; those that will stay and continue to serve for a better good no matter the politics.

The NxtGov Executive Team Election is a representation of growth and the acceptance of change. We learn, we grow, we pay it forward, and we adapt.

Over the last year, NxtGov has continued to expand thanks to the support from our members, leaders and partners. It is your support that allows us to flourish in our mission to bring pride back to public service and break the silos that can help us transform government.

The diversity of our effort is uplifting.

Our NxtGov Ambassadors represent 15 departments across state and local government with experience spanning from a few months to 10 or more years in the public/private sector.

Our network has over 400 members from across all backgrounds and we are proud to continue to support local organizations that connect with our values of service, collaboration, and inspiration.

Join us at the NxtGov Election Event Friday, November 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Sacramento City Hall where you will be able to hear from our NxtGov Executive Team Candidates and have the opportunity to meet members, partners, and sponsors; including one of our first and biggest supporters, GovOps Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer.

You can still engage and support our public servant leaders. They are ready to take NxtGov to the next level. Cast your vote now.

Sincerely,

Angie

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PS: As we enter the month of Thanksgiving, I want to recognize and give thanks to our current Executive Team. You have all been there from the start and it’s your dedication to our mission and the passion that you bring to your role that generated the energy and support that has taken us this far and allowed us to grow. I am forever thankful.

NxtGov Ballot, RSVP For Election Event, Updates

NxtGov Ballot, RSVP For Election Event, Updates

 

 

RSVP For Election Event

and/or Vote Now!

We are hosting an in person election event with special guests and light appetizers. All of our partners, sponsors, and members are invited.

Friday November 9th
5:00-7:00pm
Sacramento City Hall

Agenda

5:00 Check-in and Mingle with appetizers
5:30 Welcome- Angelica Quirarte, Founder & Exec. Director of NxtGov
5:45 Keynote by special guest: GovOps Secretary, Marybel Batjer
6:00 Candidate Introductions
6:30 Voting and more Mingling
7:00 Wrap up

RSVP

You can Start Voting now for your NxtGov Candidate!
Do keep in mind the Voting Rules:

  1. You must be a subscribed member of NxtGov to vote
  2. Online votes count for 1 point
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NxtGov is Partnering with APSEA!

Join us Oct 27th

“My Sister’s House Run for a Safe Haven”

My Sister’s House Run for a Safe Haven has been a primary fundraiser for the past 15 years. Beginning in 2003 with only a few hundred runners, the Run for a Safe Haven has become an annual tradition for many living in the Central Valley. In 2017, over 1,000 registered runners raised over $65,000 for My Sister’s House services and programs. This year is the 15th anniversary of the Run for a Safe Haven.

Thank you for joining us in “Working toward homes without violence and lives without fear.”

Join the fun and register under “APSEA”. Team registration is $32 per team member. 

See here for the registration details for instructions!

Special Community Engagement Opportunity


Join NxtGov as we partner with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Shelter to distribute turkeys this Thanksgiving!

Spaces are limited- save your spot now!

What: The Annual Turkey Distribution at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
When: Monday, November 19, 6:00 – 9:30 AM
Where: 3333 Third Ave. Sacramento CA 95817
RSVP: Contact Sean.Harrison@fire.ca.gov with names and email addresses for each volunteer!

This one-day event allows approximately 4,000 families to be given turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods. Able-bodied volunteers age 16 and up are needed to assist clients who are struggling or disabled with carrying their turkeys. This does not involve bagging or distribution. This event has the possibility of being physically demanding as you will have to walk families to their car (up to a few blocks in distance in some cases) with turkeys and grocery bags that might be heavy. Hurry – spots filling up!

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