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City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant Program#

The City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant program allows current Master of Public Administration students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain valuable career experience in a wide variety of areas of municipal operations. This position provides future municipal leaders with the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in a community consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country. The Management Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of a full-service city.

The Management Assistant will be provided the opportunity to work on projects based in a variety of City departments while maintaining a "home base" in the City Manager's Office. Management Assistant will be involved in research, analytical work, and managing special projects. This position represents a full-time, one-year fellowship.

2021 Recruitment Process#

2021 GMA applications will close on February 24th, 2021 at 3:00 pm MST. The position will start summer of 2021. Please contact Sierra Anderson at with any questions.

All applicants must provide:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Three references with daytime phone numbers

To apply, please visit:

Current Management Assistant#

Sierra Anderson

Sierra Anderson is the Graduate Management Assistant for the City of Fort Collins. She is a recent graduate from the University of Montana, where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. Sierra has always had a passion for excellence and public service. After interning for the City of Missoula’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Sierra was inspired by the positive impact local government can have on a community. She looks forward to serving the City of Fort Collins and the people who make the community a great place to live.

Previous Management Assistants#

Year Name Organization Position


Wendy Williams

City of Fort Collins, CO

Assistant City Manager


Mark Rohloff

City of Oshkosh, WI

City Manager


Jody Kole

Grand Junction, CO Housing Authority

Chief Executive Officer Director


Deborah Sagen

Pikes Peak Community College

Vice President Workforce Development


Susan Loo

City of Louisville, CO

City Councilmember


Ann Turnquist

Poudre Fire Authority

Administrative Services Director


Mark Campbell

Multnomah County, OR

Chief Financial Officer


Don Gaeddert

City of Larned, KS

Retired City Manager


Julia Novak

Novak Consulting



Todd Vance

BreakForth Counseling and Consulting; Salem, VA

Clinical Psychologist


Jon Ruiz

City of Eugene, OR

City Manager


Steve VanderMeer

Hometown Connections

Senior Vice President


Kristin Epley

University of Colorado - Boulder

Sustainability Project Manager


Stet Schanze

Gray Manufacturing Company



Heather Brooks

City of Alamosa, CO

City Manager


Sam McFerran

First Church (UCC)

Associate Minister


Josh Jones

CPS HR Consulting

Executive Recruiter


Kelly Houghteling

Town of Wellington, CO

Assistant Town Administrator


Pam Davis

City of Boulder, CO

Senior Management Analyst


Travis Machalek

Town of Estes Park, CO

Town Administrator


Tyler Marr

City of Fort Collins, CO

Deputy Directory of Information & Employee Services


Jackson Brockway

City of Cedar Park, TX

Assistant to the City Manager


Alyssa Johnson

Salt Lake City Corporation, UT

Strategy and Special Projects Manager


Joe Wimmer

City of Topeka, KS

Management Analyst