Renee Tyler, a student in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s Executive Master of Public Service degree program, graduated from the American Public Works Association Emerging Leaders Academy on Wednesday.
Tyler, who lives and works in Dubuque, Iowa, was chosen from a national pool to attend the 12-month academy. She and her cohorts worked on issues related to policy, administration, public perception, generational staff issues, and other subjects pertinent to the effective leadership of organizations.
The group presented its project, “Agents of Change,” at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony. The project identified four areas that public works and APWA must address moving forward: Perception, Culture, Technology, and Generational.
“It is difficult fighting the good fight but these experiences motivate me and allow me to get up, recharged every day in my quest to contribute to making my community and my world a more inclusive and equitable one for all,” Tyler said.
Tyler has served as the Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Dubuque, Iowa, since 2016. Previously, she worked for the City of Little Rock as a manager of fleet acquisitions, parts and special projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville