Warren Kagarise

Digital Engagement Manager
King County, WA

Warren Kagarise is the digital engagement manager for King County, WA, where he leads efforts to connect the nation’s 13th-largest county with 2.2 million residents via social media and other digital tools.

A former journalist, Warren’s career in public service started in 2013 when he served as communications coordinator for the City of Issaquah, WA.

Warren was named the 2023 Social Media Professional of the Year by Government Social Media. He is also a member of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Board of Directors, a member of Nextdoor’s Public Agency Advisory Board, and past president of the Government Social Media Membership Council.

Warren Kagarise’s Session

1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Pacific — Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Effective Emoji Use for Public Agencies: Go From 😬 to 😌

With audience attention spans shorter than ever, emoji can help convey information quickly in a relatable, eye-catching way. With more than 3,600 characters now available, what is the best way to use emoji in your official communications while balancing accessibility, cultural nuances, and representation — all while avoiding embarrassing moments? Learn from real-world examples and current research about how to lead by using emoji to share ideas succinctly, relate to your audience, and add personality to conversations.

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