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Ashley (Trim) Labosier – Executive Director

Ashley Trim - Pepperdine UniversityAshley Labosier (MPP'09) is the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. She began her career in public engagement as communications specialist for the City of Lancaster, CA, where she worked with various city departments on public engagement and information efforts. This experience provided insight and understanding into the challenges and fears facing local government officials who wish to engage their residents. In her current position, Labosier writes and speaks about public engagement and transparency issues for local and online news organizations, Davenport Institute trainings, and national conferences. She co-designed and serves as an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government, and teaches a graduate level class on Public Engagement at the School of Public Policy. Labosier spearheads Davenport Institute collaborative partnerships with various organizations committed to improving engagement between citizens and government, and oversees Davenport Institute trainings and programs. Labosier has a BA in government from Patrick Henry College and an MPP from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

Pete Peterson - Senior Fellow, Civic Engagement Training

Pete Peterson - Pepperdine University

Pete Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization Common Sense California (CSC). In 2010, CSC became the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University. Currently, Peterson serves as dean of Pepperdine's School of Public Policy. Along with teaching a class on the subject at Pepperdine, Peterson co-developed the Davenport Institute's training seminars which have been offered to more than 1,000 public sector leaders. He's also consulted on many participatory governance projects throughout California on issues ranging from budgets to water policy. Pete serves on the advisory boards of California's Institute for Local Government, and the Public Policy Institute of California, as well as the DaVinci Charter Schools in Hawthorne, CA. Pete earned his BA in History from George Washington University, and his Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine's School of Public Policy. He was the 2014 Republican nominee for California Secretary of State. 


Rod Gould - Senior Fellow, Local Government Solutions 

Rod Gould - Pepperdine UniversityRod Gould has successfully managed five cities over 29 years in both northern and Southern California, retiring as City Manager of Santa Monica in 2015. He has held leadership roles in the city management profession, including serving as vice president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities, and as president of the City Manager's Department. He currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Local Government, the Davenport Institute, and SAGE Publication's "State and Local Government Review."  Rod received his undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Yale, and his graduate degree in public management and finance at Harvard University. He has taught at the USC Price School of Public Policy, San Francisco State University, and California State University Long Beach. 

Taylor Palmer - Administrative Assistant

Taylor PalmerTaylor Palmer is the assistant to the executive director at the Davenport Institute. She is a recent graduate of Pepperdine's Seaver College where she double-majored in Writing and Rhetoric and Creative Writing.  Palmer brings skills in digital marketing and communications to the position and is  passionate about contributing to the mission and vision of the Davenport Institute as she begins her own career serving local governments.


Davenport Institute Advisory Council 

Lynne Ashbeck, Councilmember - City of Clovis

Rick Bishop, Executive Director – Western Riverside Council of Governments (COG)

Matt Bronson, City Manager – City of Grover Beach

Dennis Donohue, Former Mayor – City of Salinas

Artie Fields, City Manager - City of Inglewood

Jim Friedl, General Manager – Conejo Recreation and Park District 

Jim Keene, City Manager – City of Palo Alto

Justin Lovell, Administrative Services Department Manager - Richmond West County Wastewater District

Meagan MacPherson,  Public Affairs and Communications Director - City of Roseville 

Mike Parness, City Manager – City of Napa

Bev Perry, Former Mayor – City of Brea

Drew Powers, City Manager - City of Thousand Oaks

Lydia Romero, City Manager - City of Lemongrove

David B. Smith, CEO- X Sector Labs, LLC

Maureen Tobin, Communications and Engagement Manager - City of Morgan Hill

Kurt Wilson, Former City Manager- City of Stockton


Public Engagement Champions

Anne Ambrose, Director of Administrative Services - City of Palmdale

Ed  Everett, City Manager (retired) - City of Redwood City

Tony  Eulo, Program Administrator – City of Morgan Hill

Ingrid Hardy, Director of Cultural and Community Services - City of Oxnard

Ken Hampian, City Manager (retired) – City of San Luis Obispo

Deb Linden, Former Police Chief - City of San Luis Obispo

Mark Linder, City Manger (retired) – City of Campbell

Tim O'Donnell, City Manager – City of Brea

Kathleen Tiegs, Director – Cucamonga Valley Water District