Rafael Baptista

About Rafael Baptista

Rafael Baptista is the Strategy and Performance Analyst for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. He serves on the Engaging Local Government Leaders Management Team and is a contributing author to Careers in Government. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Politics and Spanish from Willamette University where he was a member of the debate team. He is also a proud MPA graduate of the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill.

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Rethinking Economic Development

Rethinking Economic Development

When most people picture economic development, they think of smooth-talking men convincing companies to bring their jobs and investment to a community in exchange for infrastructure improvements and tax breaks. They think about backroom deals at the steakhouse and golf course. While this may be true to some degree in some communities, there is a growing movement towards equitable economic development.

3 Tips for Being a More Engaging Speaker

3 Tips for Being a More Engaging Speaker

Jerry Seinfeld once said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Rafael Baptista continues his public speaking column with hopes of calming your fears whether you’re speaking at a council meeting or a wedding reception.

Women Leading Local Government

Women Leading Local Government

The International Association of City/County Management (ICMA) recently published an article detailing how only 13 percent of local government managers are female. When I read the article, my initial reaction was how is this possible? In this post I will answer this...
Public Service: A Passion

Public Service: A Passion

When I started the University of North Carolina MPA program in August 2013, I knew that I had a passion for public service and that I was attracted to government work. But I wasn’t sure what level of government would be the best fit for my interests. In a previous...
The Appeal of Local Government

The Appeal of Local Government

Despite serving on the Advisory Board of an organization dedicated to local government professionals, I came into my MPA program at UNC-Chapel Hill interested in federal government. But over the last five months, while maintaining an interest in the federal...
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