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Created: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Clarence Wittwer is one of two very important additions to The Atlas leadership team. Erik Caldwell also joined this week as our Director of Data Strategy. We will be featuring Erik in a similar article next week! Read the announcement here.


We are thrilled to welcome Clarence Wittwer to the team as our Director of Community. Clarence joins us after a nearly 30-year career in local government. Along with serving on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Water Authority, Clarence was Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Houston and most recently served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Pearland, Texas.

His deep understanding of local government and hands-on experience directing one of the fastest growing municipalities in the nation bring a highly valuable perspective to The Atlas as we continue to grow and engage with our online community of local government leaders.

As Director of Community, Clarence will lead engagement efforts for local government officials and staff, including securing and executing nonprofit partnerships like our ones with the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange and GMIS. He’ll also manage other special initiatives like virtual office hours and the Local Government New Normal Survey.

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Clarence Wittwer joins The Atlas as Director of Community.

‘A Servant’s Heart’

Throughout his career, Clarence has found fulfillment in continuously helping people on a daily basis without most of them ever knowing it. “Local government allows those with a servant’s heart to truly serve,” he noted.

In the fall of 2020, Clarence began considering retirement from local government, but knew he was not ready to stop serving. He read of The Atlas’s acquisition by Government Executive Media Group and our plans for expanding the team. “I honestly felt it was time to turn the reigns of my local government duties over to the next generation of leaders, but knowing I still have so much to give to the industry, The Atlas made sense,” said Clarence.

An Evangelist for The Atlas Community

In his new role as Director of Community, Clarence will work with local government and nonprofit members of The Atlas to disseminate best practices in local government. Additionally, he will tap into his extensive network to promote The Atlas as a free resource for those working in local government today.

“I honestly believe that my own experience in local government will be key in building relationships with those still doing that good work,” said Clarence. “I know the hurdles that have been placed in front of them both from institutional silos as well as current financial constraints.”

Working for Lasting Change

The Atlas’s case study database aims to provide resources and long-term solutions to the most pressing issues that local governments face on a daily basis. 

“Local government is inundated by those offering the next, latest greatest solution to the problems facing them,” said Clarence. “There are some entities out there that offer resources to address this but many have a business model that does not serve a local government well financially. I love the idea of those in my former position having a resource for quick and easy access to solutions and partners.”

“There are so many problems that I see being solved in the numerous case studies provided by The Atlas platform. Study after study show positive results within citizen engagement and increased efficiencies through adoption of new technologies. Both of these are going to be key for state and local government as we head into this strange new world that COVID has created.”

We can’t wait to see how Clarence will expand the free resources The Atlas provides to local government leaders! We are endlessly grateful he chose to extend his service to local government through The Atlas.

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