Stories and Resources

“Do What You Love!” — Insights from the July 2021 NxtGov Community Engagement Event

“Do What You Love!” — Insights from the July 2021 NxtGov Community Engagement Event

In some ways, high school seems like it was just yesterday, and in other ways it feels like it was a lifetime ago. So much has changed since I graduated from high school that sometimes I take the many things I have learned and the ways I have grown for granted. In July, three of …

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Community Engagement in 2020

Community Engagement in 2020

Looking Back and Looking Forward Written by Kelly Joy, Director of Community Engagement This last year may go down in history for the worst of reasons, but even so, there was a lot of good that happened in 2020 that is worth celebrating. Some of this good came from NxtGov members volunteering with the Community …

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NxtGov in 2021: Call for Nominations and Volunteers

NxtGov in 2021: Call for Nominations and Volunteers

NxtGov is looking for passionate leaders and volunteers who can help make 2021 our most impactful year yet! If you’re looking to join a team of individuals working to improve and amplify the impact of the public sector, NxtGov is your community!  Please visit our Vacant Positions page to view the open positions on our …

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Don’t Just Vote, Vote Smart: Resources for Maximizing Your Interests at the Polls

Don’t Just Vote, Vote Smart: Resources for Maximizing Your Interests at the Polls

Voting is an important public right and civic duty. However, voting in a way that maximizes your interests requires more than just checking boxes on a ballot – it takes research. This research takes time and may seem daunting. Fortunately, there are many existing tools that can help make it easy to answer important questions, …

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Path to Public Service Profile featuring Matthew Smith

Path to Public Service Profile featuring Matthew Smith

Name: Matthew Smith Job Title: Business Continuity Coordinator Recommended Reading:  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Song stuck in your head right now: “Free (with Drew Love)” by Louis The Child What was your path into public service? If I’m being honest, I actually kind of stumbled upon public service. I …

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11 Ways to Support People with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

11 Ways to Support People with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Written by NxtGov member Arthur Shemitz We choose a career in public service so that we can be of service to the public. We believe in contributing to the common good, and working hard every day to make a better California. As individuals who have dedicated our careers to bettering the world, we are leaders …

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Community Engagement and COVID-19: 12 Things You Can Do To Help Right Now

Community Engagement and COVID-19: 12 Things You Can Do To Help Right Now

Stop Asking “Why” and Start Asking “How” Written by Kelly Joy, Director of Community Engagement Note: We will continue to edit this blog post as needs and opportunities are rapidly changing in our community. Feel free to reach out with questions or suggestions by commenting on this blog post!  This really sucks. It sucks for …

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Path to Public Service Profile Featuring Jonathan Bray

Path to Public Service Profile Featuring Jonathan Bray

Name: Jonathan Bray Job Title: Associate Governmental Program Analyst/Contract Analyst Recommended Reading:  Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell Song stuck in your head right now: “Breakdown” by Tom Petty What was your path into public service? Before working for the State of California, I worked in the sales industry for a few years. In sales, I …

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