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Current Fellows

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Angela Hughes Angela Hughes

Second-Year Senior Management Fellow

Hometown: Fernandina, FL

Education: Florida State College at Jacksonville (B.A.), Valdosta State University (M.P.A.)

Why you chose the fellowship: Localities are the new innovators to their own specialized issues; Fort Lauderdale is a prime opportunity to experience innovation in a local government setting, while challenging my own skills and abilities. 

What have you been working on?: Presently, I’m working on a few Neighbor Support programs (i.e. Adopt-a-Street and Neighbor Leadership Academy) and a couple of assigned projects. Notably, I’m in the process of contacting City Home Owner Associations to be proactive with neighbor inquires and concerns.

Favorite Fort Lauderdale experience so far: It’s tough to pick one experience. I’ve enjoyed all the local events (i.e. ArtServe: RedEye), and attending a couple Home Owner Association meetings. Both experiences have been an opportune chance to meet City neighbors and to learn more about the community.

 Parth Patel Parth Patel

Second-Year Senior Management Fellow

Hometown: Winter Haven, FL

Education: University of Florida (B.A.), University of Florida (M.P.A.)

Why you chose the fellowship: I chose this fellowship because of the professional development and opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest. This City is managed by one of the best executive teams in the country and being able to learn from them is an invaluable experience that I could not pass up. 

What have you been working on?: Recently, I worked on and helped publish the Proposed Budget Book and Proposed Community Investment Plan. Currently, I am working on other specialized budget projects as the Budget Office prepares for the Adopted Budget Book phase.

Favorite Fort Lauderdale experience so far: My favorite experience so far was the Fire-Rescue Ride-A-Long! It was an incredible opportunity to see local heroes in action and all the hardwork they do behind the scenes to keep communities safe. 

Keith Farrell Keith Farrell 

First-Year Senior Management Fellow

Hometown: Groveland, MA

Education: Connecticut College (B.A.), Northeastern University (M.P.A.)

Why you chose the fellowship: I chose the ICMA Senior Management Fellowship because it is designed for folks who have the education in public management, but not necessarily the experience. I have danced around government in my professional career to date. I have been a teacher, a political organizer, and a project manager for nonprofits; but till this point I have not worked in public governance. This fellowship gave me a chance that I might not otherwise have had. 

What have you been working on?: I'm stationed in the City Manager's Neighbor Support Division. My primary responsibility is to run some of the Division's flagship programs, like the Neighbor Leadership Academy, the Adopt-A-Neighbor Program, the Block Party Program, and the Lobby Art Gallery. I have also been playing a big role in launching a new city program called Adopt-A-Drain, which we will begin piloting in a few neighborhoods. Lastly, I have been lucky to branch out and help the Budget office with a big data analysis  project on neighborhood property values. 

Favorite Fort Lauderdale experience so far: I was lucky to have my family visit me from Massachusetts, I got to show them around both City Hall and the City. In Boston we have beaches, but the experience is different because the water is so cold. My two year old niece had a blast at Fort Lauderdale's beach. She did not want to get out of the water! Seeing the joy in her face was a real treat. Plus, she really thinks that Mickie and Minnie are my neighbors, so I'm now the cool uncle.