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Member Profile: Edith Baltierrez

Management Intern
City of Phoenix

Where are you originally from? I'm originally from Southern California. I was born in Harbor City but grew up between the cities of San Pedro, Long Beach, and Norwalk. However, after residing in Arizona for the last 20 years I consider myself a native.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government? After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in business, I was strongly recruited by an insurance company to fill the position of a commercial underwriter. During my three years of employment, I gained extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and mastered my responsibilities; however, it became apparent something was missing. I realized there would never be a direct connection between me and the people I served, and my work had very little impact on people's lives. I yearned for an occupation that supported a higher purpose and decided to leave private sector employment to pursue a career in public service.

What do you like most about your job? What I like most about my job is the ability to impact policies that directly influence the community I represent; this captivates me, as my sense of fulfillment comes from helping people. As a public servant in local government, I am in direct contact with the people I serve, which affords me the opportunity to establish policies and programs that address their needs more effectively and efficiently.

What areas of local government interest you the most? As everyday goes by I am convinced that I could spend the rest of my life working for a city or town. I enjoy the fact that there are so many departments to choose from, to work, and learn. I like change and feel at ease not knowing what the day will bring. That is why I believe city/town management is appealing to me. Ultimately, I want to become a City/Town Manager.

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of? As a local government professional, there are a series of accomplishments that have made me proud: 1) being awarded the Marvin Andrews Fellowship which introduced me to city management through a part-time internship with Avondale, AZ; 2) obtaining my Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University; and 3) being selected as an Intern for the prestigious City of Phoenix Management Intern Program.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Too many to just share one so I'll give you my favorites: do good work; be yourself; make friends with the secretaries; no one works in a vacuum; do the right thing even when no one is looking; do not be afraid to ask for help; pay it forward; and most importantly if someone offers you advice take it and use it. It worked for me!
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