Mike Huggins is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a former Eau Claire city manager and community development director with 40 years of leadership experience in community engagement and local government. He was a Leading Practices Service Provider with the ICMA Center for Management Strategies, and Senior Lecturer in community leadership and engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is a founder and former board member of Clear Vision Eau Claire, a 2015 National Finalist for the Harvard University Ash Center Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award. In 2016-2017, he served as co-chair and lead facilitator for a citizen-led community engagement initiative to address poverty and income insecurity throughout Eau Claire County.
Mike’s areas of interest include community engagement, public problem solving, civic organizing, and local democratic practices. His primary focus is working with local communities to build the public problem solving skills of everyday people to collaborate and do meaningful public work. In addition to his role at WIPPS, he is also on the faculty of the Public Work Academy, Augsburg University and serves on the National Civic League Council of Advisors. He holds a Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.
Selected articles about Mike’s community engagement work include “Clear Vision Eau Claire: Civic Organizing and Local Democratic Practice,” and “Tackling Wicked Problems Takes Resident Engagement”.
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