Ifo Pili

Day 2, Breakout Session 2: Panel Discussion

Abstract: We’ll go over, in broad strokes, classic three act American film structure, generally as it incorporates the idea of The Hero’s Journey, then specifically as that applies to the Peter Jackson film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Consideration will be given to how the creative process can be enhanced, working within a well delineated structure. Finally these lessons will be extended to our real lives: How can you apply the structural elements of the screenplay to achieve the goal of your own personal Hero’s Journey? What is your Ordinary World? Have you had an Inciting Incident yet? Can you create one? Who are your Threshold Guardians, and how do you find them? Not sure we can always find the answers, but asking the questions is a good starting framework.

Ifo Pili began his duties as Las Cruces City Manager on Sept. 8, 2020. Before coming to Las Cruces, Mr. Pili was the city administrator in Eagle Mountain City, Utah since 2012.

He also served as Eagle Mountain City’s assistant city administrator and economic development coordinator for six years before becoming city administrator. Mr. Pili also was the district administrator for the Unified Fire Service Area, which served 11 Utah municipalities and unincorporated Salt Lake County.

Mr. Pili was also an adjunct professor in the Master of Public Administration program at Brigham Young University, teaching local government management. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from BYU.

He was born and raised in American Samoa until moving to Utah in his sophomore year of high school.

At BYU, he was a scholarship football player for the Cougars, and received all-conference honors as a defensive lineman. His talent as a football player enabled Mr. Pili to play professionally, in the National Football League, for several teams, including the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots. His playing career with Eagles was highlighted by the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

While attending BYU, Mr. Pili met his wife, Jenny, who then was a member of the track team. They now have eight children.

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