Earlier this year, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided governments with relief funding to help soothe the financial burden experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use cases for ARPA funds are starting to pop up more and more as local governments across the country identify and address issues with civic services. However, when it comes to identifying the most pressing initiatives to focus on in your community and documenting the use of ARPA funds, it can be difficult to get started.
In this recording, hear from special guests including, Jack Reagan with UHY Advisors Inc., Dr. Kai Boggess-de Bruin, Chief of Staff at Anne Arundel County Government, and Tim Booker, CEO of Civil Space, about how Anne Arundel was able to take full advantage of their ARPA funds and utilize inclusive citizen engagement tools to pursue meaningful and difference-making initiatives within their community.
Jack Reagan, a state and local government practice group leader with UHY Advisors Inc., has more than 30 years of experience serving state and local governments, local school districts, federal government entities, and not-for-profit organizations as both an auditor and consultant, and has served many of the largest state and local government entities throughout the country. He is currently assisting several local governments in their ARPA process.
Our Presenter: Dr. Kai Boggess-de Bruin, Chief of Staff at Anne Arundel County Government
Kai Boggess-de Bruin first joined the Anne Arundel County administration as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services. Kai is passionate about improving programs and ensuring all residents can easily access services when they are needed the most. Throughout her career, Kai has been a strong advocate for building the capacity of human services organizations to use data to inform decision-making and performance improvement. Kai’s diverse background has included human services and information technology in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Previously, Kai served as the Assistant Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services where she was responsible for overseeing performance management, corrective action planning, data analysis and reporting, and change management for all department programs. She also worked as the Director of Technical and Strategic Services for a technology firm, Obverse, Inc., and was the Director of Operations for a child placement agency. Dr. Boggess-de Bruin holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Regis University.
Our Presenter: Tim Booker, Civil Space CEO
Tim is CEO of Civil Space, Domain7’s civic engagement platform for governments and other community organizations. Tim started his career building digital systems in a university setting before working as a digital analyst with the Vancouver Olympic Committee. He has deep experience as a leader and strategist at Domain7 over the past decade, using design thinking among his other skill sets to rigorously research and create integrated systems that help complex communities thrive digitally and culturally. More recently, at Civil Space, he’s brought that deep community-centric expertise to the work of civic engagement, working closely with municipalities and other organizations to understand best practices in creating inclusive digital spaces to co-create with their communities