Route Fifty Recognizes Diane Pappas, CEO of Strategic Planning and Digital Innovations for the Los Angeles Unified School District, at Inaugural Navigator Awards

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2016) – Route Fifty, the digital and events brand serving U.S. state and local governments as part of Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group, last night honored  ten winners of the the inaugural Route Fifty Navigator Awards, recognized for their leadership and success as innovators and policy trailblazers in state and local government. Diane Pappas, CEO, Strategic Planning and Digital Innovations, Los Angeles Unified School District, was among those who received the award.

In selecting the Navigator Awards honorees, Route Fifty evaluated more than 100 nominees and profiled 50 finalists, from which the 10 winners were selected last night. The honorees represented five distinct categories, two from each: State and Local Executive Leadership, Agency and Department Leadership, The Next Generation, IT and Data Innovators, and Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners. 

Since its launch just over a year and a half ago, Route Fifty has established itself as a digital media hub for connecting the people and ideas that are advancing state and local government across America.


“Through the Navigator Awards program we are fulfilling our core editorial mission, which is to share best practices and innovative ideas across the nation,” said Hilery Sirpis, Publisher of Route Fifty. “We are proud to spotlight leaders and teams in state and local government who have demonstrated the ability to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the communities they serve.”

The 10 Route Fifty Navigator Awards Winners are listed below:

State and Local Executive Leadership

Agency and Department Leadership

The Next Generation

  • Nathan Rix, Project Portfolio Director and Senior Policy Analyst, State of Oregon: Recreational Marijuana Program
  • Ed Blayney, Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro Government

IT and Data Innovators

  • Diane Pappas, CEO, Strategic Planning and Digital Innovations, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Tyler Kleykamp, Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Government Allies and Cross Sector Partners

In the spirit of our mission, Route Fifty will also host a Winners Highlight Viewcast on Wednesday, December 7th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. to showcase what made these leaders, teams and programs so successful and share how these lessons can be applied to state, county and municipal governments across the country.

To stream the Viewcast on December 7th, please register at the following link: