Rusty Bailey, Mayor, City of Riverside, California
Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles, California
John Giles, Mayor, City of Mesa, Arizona
Moderated by: Steve Clemons
Since graduating from West Point with a degree in political science in 1994, Rusty has worked in a variety of public service positions and has earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from UCLA.
Among his many accomplishments, Rusty has served as a helicopter pilot, Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the U.S. Army, and has served as a Legislative Aide for County Supervisor John F. Tavaglione. In addition, Rusty has worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Executive Office of the President as a Presidential Management Fellow, as well as for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. Mayor Bailey enjoys time with his two daughters, Elizabeth and Julia and his wife, Judy.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Rick Cole oversees 10 departments and responsible for city budgets of more than $7 billion as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovations for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. For fifteen years, he was a city manager in two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa, recognized as one of America’s Public Officials of the Year by Governing Magazine and winning awards for municipal management excellence from the American Society of Public Administrators and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California. He served 12 years on the Pasadena City Council and was Mayor when Pasadena adopted their landmark General Plan, an early model for smart growth. Called “one of Southern California’s most visionary planning thinkers” by the Los Angeles Times, he has been an active leader in the International City Managers Association and the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Mayor Giles is committed to taking Mesa to the next level with his NextMesa vision. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.