Below are the biographies for each of the instructors for the Academy.
Eileen Beaudry, Director
Eileen Beaudry has over 20 years of experience in local government with a focus on leadership development and large-scale organizational change. She worked for the San Jose City Manager's Office on several citywide initiatives including Public-Private Competition, Transparency in Government and Busting Bureaucracy. She was a department coach and lead trainer as part of a three-year initiative to develop performance metrics and improve all City services.
Eileen has directed several leadership academies that include San Jose's award-winning Art and Practice of Leadership for aspiring managers, a cutting-edge Innovation Incubator for problem-solving teams, and the Facilitator Academy, which became a required criteria for promotion in the Environmental Services Department and built the foundation for a team-culture.
Eileen served as the San Jose Training and Development Manager and delivered diverse learning opportunities for a workforces of 5,000 employees. Eileen is a certified Myers-Briggs instructor and has a MA in Theology from the University of San Francisco, and BA in International Affairs from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Frank Benest, Chief Advisor & Presenter
Until August 2008, Dr. Frank Benest served as the City Manager of Palo Alto, California. Frank is a noted consultant and trainer on collaborative service delivery, entrepreneurial government, civic engagement, leadership development and succession planning.
Prior to his appointment in Palo Alto, Frank served as City Manager in Brea and Colton, California. He has a doctorate in management from Brigham Young University; a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. Frank is a Credentialed ICMA Manager and serves as the Senior Advisor to ICMA on Next Generation Initiatives. Frank also chairs the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program.
Frank is Past President of the California City Managers Department and past Vice President of the International City/County Management Association. Frank teaches at Stanford University and has been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2011, Frank was recognized by ICMA with its Distinguished Career Service Award. Read Dr. Benest's Career Compass Columns here.
David C. Biggs, Guest Presenter
David Biggs is an experienced local government senior executive now serving as City Manager of Hercules, California. David’s has also served as City Manager of three other California communities – Carson, Tustin and Morgan Hill. He has served as Assistant City Manager in Redondo Beach, Director of Economic Development in Huntington Beach, and as Director of Economic Development & Housing in Morgan Hill. David has also undertaken interim assignments with the Cities of Manhattan Beach and Montebello.
Prior to these assignments, David worked overseas for 2 ½ years for an industrial development agency of the State of South Australia. In the early part of his career, he was the Downtown Development Project Manager for the City of Long Beach and worked in a variety of economic development and redevelopment roles for the City of Santa Ana for four years.
David attended California State University, Fullerton, where he received his BA in Political Science and is a graduate of the MBA program at the University of California, Irvine. David also completed a Certificate program in Continuous Improvement and Quality Management from the University of California, Santa Cruz extension program.
David is the current President of the California Redevelopment Association. He is an active member of the California Association for Local Economic Development, for which he is a past Board Member and Chair; the International Association of Shopping Centers; and, the International City/County Management Association with a Credentialed Manager designation. David is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a former Chair of Orange County District Council.
Raised in Orange County, David is married to Cate and they have two sons Adrian, a junior at Northern Arizona University, and Dylan, a Senior at Redondo Union High School.
Kevin Duggan, Guest Presenter
Kevin Duggan was appointed ICMA’s West Coast Regional Director in May. Prior to that he worked in California city government since 1971, the last 27 years as a city manager for the cities of Campbell and Mountain View, California. As West Coast Regional Director, he serves as the primary staff link between ICMA and members and professional associations in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Nevada.
He began his career as an administrative intern for the City of Mountain View while earning a BA in Political Science from San Jose State. He then served as an intern for the City of Campbell while obtaining his MPA, also from San Jose State. He worked for Campbell for 18 years, the last 6 as city manager. He then returned to Mountain View in 1990 as city manager where he served until this past April.
He has served as President of both the City Manager’s Department of the League of California Cities and Cal-ICMA. Other professional activities have included serving on the State Board of Fire Services, participating in an international city management exchange with Limerick County, Ireland and serving on ICMA’s Task Force on Organizational Structure and Governance. He has served as an ethics trainer for ICMA and has written a number of articles for professional journals with topics ranging from budgeting during tough economic times, city council/city manager relations and ethics.
Ed Everett, Guest Presenter
Ed Everett’s passion is to help cities understand and implement “community building/civic engagement” and share his research and practice in this field. In addition, he is using his 34 successful years in local government to be an Executive Coach to assist professionals to move up in the profession.
Ed, who recently retired, had been the city manager of Redwood City since 1992. In 2007 Ed was awarded ICMA’s “Award for Career Excellence”. During his career, he served as city manager of Belmont, assistant county manager for Washoe County, Nevada, and program analyst/fire chief for the City of Palo Alto.
After obtaining a degree in economics from U.C. Davis and a graduate degree in urban affairs from Princeton University, Ed gained valuable experience as a VISTA volunteer. While overseeing what some call the renaissance of Redwood City, he has focused a great deal of research, study and practice on ‘community building/civic engagement’. He understands the power of Community Building/Civic Engagement and lead Redwood City in achieving it core purpose: “Build a Great Community Together”.
Ed also serves as an executive coach to assist managers in developing their talents and skills to be successful in their organization. He has done significant coaching of younger people within local government through the “Next Generation” program.