Chris talks with the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Minneapolis, Gia Vitali. Gia has spent her career dedicated to public service and to making her communities better, fairer, and healthier.
We discuss the challenges of keeping a city of 425k people functioning during a crisis, what Gia's had to learn in short order to be an effective leader during this time, and her hopes for what we see on the other side of this surreal time.
Chris also tells you why you're terrible at assessing risk, and why you not wearing a mask doesn't mean what you think it means.
Read this stuff:
Book; "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," Yuval Noah Harari
Book; "Thinking, Fast and Slow," Daniel Kahneman
Article; Humans are Too Optimistic to Comprehend the Coronavirus, Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Article; The Psychology of Risk Perception, Harvard Mental Health Letter, HMS
About Gia Vitali:
Gia Vitali began her career on Capitol Hill in working for Congressman Bruce Vento and his successor Congresswoman Betty McCollum. In 2004 Gia returned to Minnesota and led the Get Out the Vote effort for the Kerry/Edwards Campaign. She went on to manage several campaigns, work for Senator Amy Klobuchar, and served as political director for a national organization focused on recruiting, training, and helping to elect candidates to state and local office.
Gia served as deputy campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families – the historic campaign that successfully defeated the constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman.
In April of 2013, she joined the corporate communications team at Medica Health Plans where she supported the Medicare and Medicaid business segments. In November 2015, Gia joined the Department of Human Services as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.