Saara Lampwalla and Sara Madsen Complete UCI Public Policy Course
Tripepi Smith Business Analyst Saara Lampwalla and Junior Business Analyst Sara Madsen recently completed the Public Policy Making Academy II course via the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Division of Continuing Education. The five-day, once a week program focused on fundamental concepts and current issues in public policy.
“I had wanted to take this course since my early days at Tripepi Smith, so I’m glad I now have it under my belt,” said Saara. “The course covered pensions, affordable housing, waste management and everything in between, broadening my understanding of the issues our clients face every day. I am confident that this experience, thanks to the ACC-OC, UCI and Tripepi Smith, will help me better serve my public agency clients.”
The program educated Saara and Sara on fundamental issues in local governance that are fundamental to assuming the role of an elected official. Topics included taxes, land-use planning, affordable housing, economic development, transportation, pensions, homelessness and sober living.
Sara commented, “Being better immersed in local issues at Tripepi Smith means better understanding and serving our Tripepi Smith VIPs. I have revisited my public agency clients with a new appreciation for all they manage to make our system work, and work well.”
Multiple subject matter experts led discussions on laws, practices, processes and regulations involved in local government from February 28 to March 27, 2020. The first two classes were held on the UCI campus but went virtual following the Coronavirus outbreak in early March.
“UCI’s Public Policy Academy has become a standard training in our Tripepi Smith ‘Always Be Learning’ toolkit for all team members, and I’m glad two of our rockstars have completed it,” said Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer Nicole Smith. “As is the case with all Tripepi Smith educational investments, the academy expands on information that takes our work product from good to great.”
Tripepi Smith has offered a myriad of education on industry tools and resources, including Hootsuite Social Marketing, Constant Contact, Adobe Creative Suite, University of Southern California Executive Education Forum, Leadership Tomorrow and more.
About Tripepi Smith
Tripepi Smith is an Orange County-based marketing, technology and public affairs firm that serves for-profit, nonprofit and public agencies. Its unique mix of marketing and technology prowess provides a competitive advantage to agencies seeking to leverage the internet to achieve their communication goals. The firm provides full content creation services, including: ghost writing, collateral development, photography, video production, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, email marketing campaigns and website design and execution. Tripepi Smith clients include: City of American Canyon, City of Culver City, City of Cupertino, City of Daly City, City of Duarte, City of El Cerrito, City of Indian Wells, City of La Cañada Flintridge, City of Lakeport, City of Lake Forest, City of Paramount,City of Rolling Hills Estates, City of Santa Ana, City of Santa Cruz, City of Tracy, City of Yuba City, Cal Choice, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Rowland Water District, Valley Water Company, California Contract Cities Association, California City Management Foundation, Institute for Local Government, League of California Cities, Renne Public Law Group, Bob Hall & Associates and Climatec Energy Services.