2018 Public Work Leadership - Instructors

Your workshop leaders

5 great reasons

to attend


1.    John Ostrowski - Facilitator
John Ostrowski is a management consultant who established JOMC in 1999 after more than 30 years in various phases of public works administration at the state, county and city level.  He spent 17 years as Public Works Director in Vancouver, Washington. He was also Acting City Manager in Vancouver and Interim Executive Director of C-TRAN, the countywide bus system in 1998 and again in 2006.  He has received numerous awards including APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year and has authored and co-authored articles and speeches on public works and financing issues at conferences and seminars.  He is the administrator of the Northwest Public Works Institute and has taught Public Works Institute classes in Washington, Oregon, California, Kansas City and Arizona.  John also has served as a site reviewer for the APWA Public Works Accreditation Process.  He was a member of the Washington State Transportation Performance Audit Board.  His books, “Everything You Need To Know To Be A Public Works Director”, “Survive and Thrive”, “Lessons from the Life of Jack Pittis” , “Axioms and Outlooks” and “More than Everything You Need To Know To Be A Public Works Director” are published by APWA.  He also co-chaired the publication and wrote the Managing People chapter of the “Public Works Administration” textbook.

2.    Jeanne Nyquist
Jeanne Nyquist speaks from 30 years of experience as a public agency manager and organizational development consultant.  She is currently the President of Nyquist and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm providing services to public, private and non-profit organizations.  Jeanne is a lifetime member of APWA and was recognized as a ‘Top Ten’ public works leader in 2017. She is an avid downhill skier who enjoys connecting with nature on the slopes.  She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her very active Jack Russell terrier dog.

3.    Dan Boss
Dan Boss has been in public works for 38 years, 34 of those in Tualatin, Oregon as Operations Director. In 2007 Dan spent 8 ½ months as the City’s Interim Finance Director. In 1989 Dan led the effort to establish Tualatin’s Road Utility (one of the nation’s first) and develop their first Emergency Management Plan. He helped establish the Oregon Chapter Scholastic Foundation; received the 2000 William Bowes Award (the chapter’s highest); was the 1995 Chapter President, Tualatin’s 2003 Business Person of the Year, 2001 Most Valuable Partner Award from the Business Education Compact and was recognized in 2004 as an APWA Top 10 Public Works Leader of the Year. In 2012 Dan retired from the City of Tualatin and is pursuing other endeavors that include Public Works Education. 

4.   Eric Jones
Eric Jones is Public Affairs Manager for the Eugene Public Works Department. He oversees community and media relations for the department. He is active in the APWA and is an accredited member and past president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Prior to joining the City of Eugene in 1990, Jones served as the editor of The Springfield News. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Oregon; School of Journalism.

5.    Kim Bria
Kim Bria is the NW Operations Manager for CMTS LLC overseeing Oregon staff, client relations and business development. Working with public agencies she constantly strives for improvements in efficiencies and performance. An active APWA member, Kim completed the NWPWI program in 2014 and values the growth opportunities it provides. She thrives outdoors playing on the slopes, the river or the garden.

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