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12/16/2019 02 Mastering Council Meetings with Ann Macfarlane 1 1-44006kt,"'',„ •‘c.):-tmer $6 BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEM ENT Item No. 2. For Meeting of: December 16, 2019 ITEM TITLE: Mastering Council Meetings with Ann Macfarlane SUBMITTED BY: Alex Meyerhoff, Interim City Manager SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Ann McFarlane, an accomplished trainer and author of Mastering Council Meetings: A Guidebook for Elected Officials and Local Governments, will lead the City Council through a session aimed at providing tools necessary to conduct productive and successful meetings. Ann is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (National Association of Parliamentarians) and a Certified Association Executive (American Society of Association Executives). She is a regular presenter at conferences and training sessions for organizations like the Association of Washington Cities, the Washington Association of Counties, numerous city councils, non-profit boards, special purpose district governing bodies, etc. Ann's unique training approach, vast knowledge of strategies needed to conduct successful meetings, and broad experience with groups from a wide variety of sectors has made her a highly sought after consultant throughout the U.S. and beyond. In the early 2000s, Ann partnered with Andrew Estep to found Jurassic Parliament, a Seattle- based consulting firm focused on helping governing bodies conduct business as efficiently and effectively as possible. Before establishing Jurassic Parliament, Ann majored in Russian and ancient Greek at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a Marshall Scholarship, awarded by the British Government, and earned a second degree at Cambridge University in England. She then served for many years in the U.S. Foreign service in Pakistan and on the Bangladesh and Soviet desks of the U.S. State Department. After marrying fellow Foreign Service Officer Lew Macfarlane, Ann became a stay-at-home mom and served as a translator in the Congo, Tanzania and Nepal. She was the first woman to serve as a staff assistant in the Near East South Asia Bureau. On returning to Seattle, Ann became a Russian translator and was elected President of the American Translators Association and the executive director of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. ITEM BUDGETED: 2 STRATEGIC PRIORITY: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL BY THE CITY MANAGER RECOMMENDATION: