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City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant Program#

The City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant (GMA) program allows current Master of Public Administration students and recent graduates (as well as students and recent graduates from closely related fields) 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.

Current Management Assistant#

Lockie Woods

Lockie Woods is the current Graduate Management Assistant for the City of Fort Collins. He graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations and History in the spring of 2021, and he will complete his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kansas in the spring of 2024. An Eagle Scout, Lockie’s lifelong commitment to public service has driven him to pursue a career in local government where he can work alongside similarly motivated public servants to build a better community. After a series of undergraduate internships in municipal government, Lockie spent last year working as a Management Intern in the City of Lenexa’s City Manager’s Office. There, he dove into meaningful projects that increased the effectiveness of City staff and directly improved the lives of residents. He is excited to keep performing important and impactful work as he continues his local government career with the City of Fort Collins and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve the exceptional people who make this city an exceptional 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

U.S. Federal Government

U.S. Federal Government Officer


Kelly Houghteling

Town of Wellington, CO

Deputy Town Administrator


Pam Davis

City of Boulder, CO

Assistant City Manager


Travis Machalek

Town of Estes Park, CO

Town Administrator


Tyler Marr

City of Fort Collins, CO

Deputy City Manager


Jackson Brockway

City and County of Denver

Capital Planning Analyst


Alyssa Johnson

Slalom Consulting

Organizational Effectiveness Consultant


Joe Wimmer

City of Fort Collins, CO

Senior Finance Analyst


Sierra Anderson

City of Raleigh, NC

Senior Budget and Management Services Analyst


DeAngelo Bowden

City of Fort Collins, CO

Senior Environmental Sustainability Specialist


Megan "Meggs" Valliere

City & County of Denver

Associate Budget Analyst