Erik Juhl 


Organization

City of Bloomington


Current Position and how long

Web Coordinator since 2011


Other experience: Professional, communications, education or anything else you'd like to share

    • MAGC president, 2020. Vice president, 2019, and MAGC board member since 2016.
    • Fall Conference Committee and Northern Lights Committee volunteer for multiple years.
    • Master of Software Systems degree from St. Thomas. Trained facilitator. 


Why do you want to be a Minnesota Association of Government Communicators board member?

2020 has been a struggle for government communicators, right? I am proud that through it all, MAGC remains a strong and sound organization, one that will weather this storm and come out the other end with renewed hope and vigor. I am glad that we were able to complete this year's biggest projects‚ the Northern Lights Awards and the Fall Conference‚ in style, by reframing both as all-digital events. I am pleased with various initiatives MAGC has undertaken to support its members, such as extending all active memberships by six months, reaching out to lapsed members with reduced-price memberships, and offering free one-year memberships to our friends in government communications who are currently unemployed or underemployed.   

This year's board had tremendous plans for improving the strength of our organization at the outset of this year‚ ideas hatched "BC" (before covid). I'll be honest: most of these grand plans were deferred as MAGC members and the board grappled with unexpected challenges in our work lives and home lives. As a returning board member, it's exciting to get back to work on these ideas as all of us find the bandwidth to make room for them again. I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue working with you to make MAGC a stronger, more vibrant organization, one that provides opportunities to learn, celebrate, network, and support one another as we move forward together.

What qualities and attributes will you bring to the organization?

I like to have fun while not shying away from my share of the work. I know a well-functioning group can accomplish more than its members can do individually. I am committed to work toward consensus around shared values. I enjoy looking for the interesting angles in a given task.

I aim for a consistently high quality of work and I try to provide quality service in all I do. I welcome opportunities to update my knowledge and skills. I am dependable and I feel a strong responsibility for following through on commitments. 



What do you consider to be the major issues facing government communicators today?

Wayne Gretsky attributed his legendary success as a hockey player to the coaching advice his dad gave him, to skate to where the puck is going, not where it's been.

Who could have imagined where the puck was going to go in 2020? Yet, even in unpredictable times, we must do our best to follow the advice of Wayne's dad. In addition to all the changes a pandemic may throw at us, we need to plan for changing demographics and for the aging of our communities and workforces, to respond to the increasing velocity of technological change, and to develop and manage expectations created by an increasingly tech-driven, on-demand society. We need to figure out where to focus our efforts, not just for today, but for next year, and for two, three, and five years from now. 

I'm confident that MAGC will continue to be a source of support for its members as we all work to meet the many challenges we face. If my skills and qualities align with the membership's needs in 2021 and 2022, I would be honored to continue working to make MAGC the best it can be.

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