2016-2017 VISTAs

Willa Altman-Kaough

Office of Mayor Kate Gallego

Willa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2016-2017 in the City Manager's Office as a part of The Cities of Service Resilient PHX initiative. Willa transitioned into a position as Council Aide in Councilwoman Kate Gallego's office. Willa serves as liaison to community groups, helping community stakeholders navigate city services. Willa brought her experiences as a Resilient PHX VISTA and connections with the community to her new potion and enjoys seeing how community input is incorporated in creating policy. She also appreciates the comprehensive view of the city and how various departments and community stakeholders work together to accomplish common goals.

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Nicholas Roosevelt

Government Relations Representative in the Office of Government Relations in the City Manager's Office

Nick served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2016-2018 in the City Manager's Office as a part of The Cities of Service Resilient PHX initiative.

Nick transitioned into a position with the Office of Government Relations in the City Manager's Office working as a Government Relations Representative. Nick's recent work includes executing duties as the Budget and Research Department and procurement liaison, supporting the State and Federal lobbying teams, and various administrative responsibilities. Nick enjoys the fast-paced environment and finds it fascinating to experience where city government, policy and local and regional politics intersect.

Katie Gentry

 Impact and Data Coordinator for the Arizona Housing Coalition

Katie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2016-2017 in the Office of Mayor Greg Stanton. Her primary focus was homeless services, human trafficking, and veteran support. Katie believes being a VISTA allowed her to discover what she wanted to do and a chance to network with support the of other city staff, which ultimately landed her a job that she loves.

After her year of service, Katie transitioned to full-time employment at the City of Phoenix, focusing on homelessness. Currently she is the Impact and Data Coordinator for the Arizona Housing Coalition. The Arizona Housing Coalition is a collaborative association that leads in the efforts to end homelessness and advocate for safe, affordable homes for all Arizonians. As a statewide membership trade organization, the coalition focuses on advocacy, collaboration, and education for its members and throughout Arizona. Katie is working on coordinating and assisting with the Arizona Veteran   StandDown Alliance as well as the creation of the statewide Veteran By Name List.

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Natalya Brown

Former Council Aide- District 8

Natalya accepted the position of Council Aide in Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza's office shortly after she completed her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She believes working for the City of Phoenix offers professional exposure, great benefits, and the ability to help people in a tangible way.