Chris Hernandez, Director of City Communications Office, Kansas, City, MO
Chris is KC’s chief spokesperson and the leader of a team that provides integrated and strategic communications support to city departments and programs. Their office handles media relations, social media, the city’s website and community engagement, while also producing original video programming and graphic design services. Chris was previously known as "that guy on the news" during more than 20 years as a television news journalist. He was a political reporter and analyst, working in cities including Amarillo and Chicago.
Kevin Knutson, Regional Vice President for Management Partners’ Eastern Office, Cincinnati, OH
Kevin works with governments and other clients in the eastern US to improve efficiency and effectiveness. He has served as the director of community relations in Reno and as director of communications and marketing for Coral Springs, Fla. He also served as a budget and strategic planning manager, assistant city manager, and interim city manager. He is a recognized as a Credentialed Manager by ICMA and was named the 3CMA 2011 Communicator of the Year.
Bridget Kozlowski, Director of Community Relations, Sterling Heights, MI
Bridget leads communications and engagement for Michigan’s fourth-largest city at 135,000+ residents. She previously worked as Communications Coordinator for the Village of Lombard, Ill, and started her career as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for four years before transitioning into local government. Bridget is on the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) National Leadership Team and will finish her Masters of Public Affairs degree in 2017.