The Local Host Committee (LHC) is an exciting part of the Government Social Media Conference (GSMCON) as it is common for national events to utilize a group of local volunteers who can use their networks and expertise to help expand the event’s impact in the area.
- Learn more about the LHC and read our 2020 LHC members announcement.
- See who served on last year’s 2019 LHC
For GSMCON2020, our LHC will be an advisory group made up of dynamic professionals working within the borders of the State of Washington, particularly, the greater Seattle area. These are people who know major players in the region, can help get key agencies involved and are excited to make GSMCON2020 the most successful event yet. Members will volunteer during the event as well as serve on committees in areas such as networking, public relations and/or diversity & inclusion.
Communications Specialist, King County Metro Transit, WA
Sarah Farahani is a communications professional specializing in social media engagement and customer service in public transit. After more than a decade behind the scenes there’s one thing she knows for sure – there’s never a dull moment. She’s motivated by providing excellent customer service where people expect it the least – from the bus.
Deputy Director of Communications, Seattle City Council, WA
Stephanie Guzman-Barrera is a practiced multimedia journalist who transitioned to government communications in 2017. She currently serves the communications needs of nine members of the Seattle City Council, which crafts progressive legislation that is increasingly noticed on a national stage. Prior to working for the City of Seattle, Stephanie worked as an internal and external communications professional on web and social media for Bernalillo County, the largest county in New Mexico. She has worked as a journalist in California, Texas and New Mexico, including the Albuquerque Journal, the San Antonio Express News and for American City Business Journals.
Public Information & Education Officer, Valley Regional Fire Authority, WA
Kelly Hawks has been with the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) since 2009. She is responsible for developing and managing public education programs, writing and creating social media content, developing outreach campaigns, and serves as a spokesperson for the VRFA. Kelly launched the VRFA’s Facebook and Twitter pages in 2011 and has since expanded the VRFA’s social media presence to include Instagram, YouTube and Nextdoor.
Communications Manager, King County, WA
Cameron Satterfield is the communications manager for the King County Department of Executive Services, handling media relations and social media for a diverse array of agencies ranging from animal control to airport to risk management to facilities. He also provides strategic direction and coaching for the department’s communications team, and directs internal communications for DES.
Communications Manager, City of Kirkland, WA
Kellie Stickney has been managing communications for cities in western Washington for almost a decade. She currently serves as the Communications Program Manager for the City of Kirkland where she has transformed the City’s communication strategy to incorporate dynamic video, expanded social media outreach by 50 percent across platforms, and cultivated deeper relationships with the media. Prior to coming to Kirkland, Kellie managed communications for the cities of Sammamish and Bainbridge Island respectively.
Digital Media Coordinator, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, WA
As Digital Media Coordinator with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP), she shares environmental stories and provides opportunities for the public to engage with local government online. Her job is to empower communications teams to use time effectively on digital platforms and measure success. In 2019, DNRP’s social media channels reached 2.6 million.
Sergeant, Public Affairs Director, Seattle Police Department, WA
Sergeant Sean Whitcomb is a University of Washington graduate and a 25-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. He has been a spokesperson for fifteen years and currently serves as Seattle Police Public Affairs Director. Under Sean’s watch, Seattle Police engagement efforts have received recognition both locally and nationally, including coverage in PRWeek, Adweek, The New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED and Rolling Stone.