Announcing the 10 Winners of the 2018 Route Fifty Navigator Awards

Los Angeles City Hall as seen from Grand Park

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LOS ANGELES — Route Fifty is excited to announce the 10 winners of the 2018 Navigator Awards! During a special event at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, we honored the 50 previously announced finalists and the 10 winners from this year’s iteration of the Navigator Awards, which honor excellence in state and local government and the implementation of innovative and impactful ideas.

Here are our winners for 2018.


  • Chief Don Crowson and Team, Arlington Fire Department, City of Arlington, Texas
  • Mathew Sanders, Resilience Program and Policy Administrator, Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit, State of Louisiana


  • Michael Sherwood, Director of Information Technology, City of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Shireen Santosham and Team, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation & City Manager’s Office of Civic Innovation & Digital Strategy, City of San José, California



  • José Serrano-McClain, former Project Manager, NYCx, Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
  • Tara Bergfeld, Principal Legislative Research Analyst, Tennessee Comptroller's Office


  • Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President of Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Congrats to all our winners and finalists!

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

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