Ready to meet your fellow Zencity Hall community peers? Here’s the spot to get started!
Feel free to share as much as you’d like to help us get to know each other better. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- What is your role?
- Where are you located?
- What’s something special about your community?
- How long have you worked with Zencity?
- What are you most curious about learning in Zencity Hall?
- What is something you’d love to share with the Zencity Hall community?
I’ll go first…. Hello, everyone! My name is Jenny Wiley and I am tuning into Zencity Hall from Wichita, Kansas.
As Zencity’s community manager, I am here to help create spaces for us to connect and and guide our community growth and collaboration. I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting many of you, and I’m excited to connect more as we continue to work together!
I’m very honored to be a part of the important work we are all doing to create more inclusion of public discourse and engagement in the ways we lead our communities!
Hey everyone,.. Terrell Smith here, and I am the Assistant to the City Manager at the City of Sugar Land, Texas. My role is to support the city’s city-wide initiatives, and Zencity allows me to keep a pulse of the community to better understand our community’s desires.
Looking forward to connecting with everyone!
Hey everyone! I’m Kayla Herrod and I’m the Digital Communications Manager over Social Media for the City of Sugar Land, Texas. Our team loves using Zencity to let us know what people are saying/feeling in our community so we can create content around those topics. It’s a crucial part of our strategic communications process!
Looking forward to engaging with all of you here!
Hi, all! I’m Cathy Oloffson, the director of Communications and Community Relations for the Town of Normal (pop. 52,500) in Normal, Illinois. We are located in the middle of the state about two ½ hours north of St. Louis and two hours-ish south of Chicago. The Comms team at Normal considers Zencity part of our team and we appreciate the regular touchpoints. The value add for our group is learning from experiences of other municipalities. I’m excited to be a part of this group!
I’m Ido, the CTO and co-founder of Zencity. I lead a small but capable team exploring new products and services that can be implemented to benefit our local government partners, and love speaking to Zencity users and learning what they need and trying to figure out if we can improve their experience or solve new problems for them. I live in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, but like speaking to users so you’ll probably find me wide awake very late into the night
I’m hoping that through Zencity Hall I’d be able to learn what products, services or data are relevant to provide across our client base, but also share some of my personal experience in working with cities and counties.
My name is Douglas Shontz and currently serve as Assistant to the Manager/Director of Communications for State College, PA. I live outside of the municipality in beautiful rural central PA. State College is home to Penn State University’s main campus, University Park. About ¾ of the residents for State College are Penn State students and this means that we’re always welcoming new residents to our community! We started using Zencity in 2019. I’m really excited to connect and talk with other peers in the profession and learn all the creative ways they leverage Zencity to improve their organization and community. I’d love to share all the funny local government stories I have acquired throughout my career. I’m sure there are others that have quite the catalog of stories.
I’m Elizabeth Loeffelman and I’m a public information specialist at Leon County Government. We are Florida’s capital county in the northern part of the state and our population is about 292,000. I think the passion of our community members is what makes our community so special. They are very involved in local government and care about the people around them.
I have worked with Zencity for about three months now, so I’m still very new. I’m interested in learning more specifically about how other organizations have used Zencity to address a community need.
I’m Sheridan, and I serve as the Digital Marketing Coordinator at the City of Beaverton, in Oregon. I’m both new to this role and to Zencity, and I’m excited to participate in the beginnings of Zencity Hall.
I’m hoping that this will be a space where I can learn from my peers -- what works and doesn’t work for folks when it comes to understanding a community’s needs and interests.
Having previous experience with social media analytics tools, as well as Google Analytics, I’m really excited for the discussions to come!
My name is Ido Tamir, and I serve as Zencity’s VP R&D. Looking forward to utilizing Zencity Hall to better understand how to help our local government partners answer their community needs!
My name is Alon Shvo, and I'm part of Zencity's product management team.
Zencity Hall is really exciting to me! A strong believer in our mission and in our users' ability to show us how to accomplish it.
Looking forward to engaging with all of you here!
Hi. I am Lee Feldman, the Senior Advisor for Local Government Strategy here at Zencity. Prior to joining Zencity, I served as city manager in 4 Florida communities: North Miami, Palm Bay, Gainesville and Fort Lauderdale. I have also had the honor of serving our profession as President of ICMA (2016-1017).
Currently I reside in south Florida and I am looking foward to interacting with my fellow community members at Zencity Hall.
Hi all! I’m Eyal Halamish, the VP of Consulting at Zencity. I lead the consulting practice at Zencity.
My team supports our clients with advisory services such as
I love speaking with cities and counties about the complex problems they are facing to see if I can help!
I live in New York City where I’m can regularly be found eating pizza and running the streets to burn off those calories :)
I’m hoping that through Zencity Hall I can learn about and share stories about best practices across cities and counties.
Hello, I am Jon Funfar, Communications Program Manager for the City of Pasco, Washington, one of the Tri-Cities in south central Washington State. Part of my official job description says “Plan and execute the activities and operations of the Communications Division, including: media relations; the City’s website/social media channels; the City’s government access TV channel; write and produce publications and video productions for the City’s diverse population; act as the Public Information Officer for the City as needed.”
I’m looking to gain insights on how other municipalities are using ZenCity and how to apply those examples here!
Great to virtually meet you
@jonfunfar! I bet we could summarize your robust job description as “Basically… All Things Communications” haha!
We’re looking forward to providing you with the insights you’re interested in, and would love for you to share your communications expertise, too
Hi everyone! I’m Tara Berson and I handle communications for the Township of Middletown in New Jersey. I’ve worked for the town for about 5 years, and I’m looking forward to utilizing Zencity to help increase our community engagement. Middletown has about 68,000 residents and many projects on the horizon.
I’m excited about the opportunity to exchange ideas and advice with all of you!
So great to be connected
@taraberson_middletownnj, thanks for introducing yourself! I haven’t yet visited Middletown, but I spent quite a bit of time in Garrison, NY not far from where you are. Such a beautiful area.
There are several other communications pros here with us in Zencity Hall, so I know you’ll have lots of opportunities to receive and share insights!
Happy Tuesday Can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by... how is it already August? I’ll be posting up in Lake Como next week (if anyone has recs, I’ll take ‘em!), but not first without a warm welcome to our newest community members.
Time for a July roundup, huge welcome to
Don’t be shy to introduce yourself, dive into the resources here at Zencity Hall and be sure to check out the orientation session HERE for a 101.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Welcome to Zencity Hall’s newest members
@anakfour @Czen67 @JRLewis @ccolley @kacatl @DTFleisher! Since vacation is on my mind, feel free to jump in and share any fun summer plans you had (or upcoming, as summer’s not over yet ) and some ideas below to help us get to know you better:
And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the ZC Hall Orientation video & helpful links to get started.
Hi there! I’m Antonella Nakfour, I’m the Public Information/Social Media Coordinator for the City of Dunedin, Florida. I have been working with Zencity for almost a year now. I would love to better understand all that I can benefit from using Zencity to continue growing our community engagement. I’m looking forward to learning from everyone here.