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Sunday, October 13, 2019


CGL Certified Course #1
Sunday, October 13
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Collaborating Across Boundaries

We know that cross-departmental collaboration an important strategy to implementing strong projects and programs. What are the key ingredients to collaboration? What are the pitfalls of over-collaboration? How can you lead and build genuine collaboration (not using the term "collaboration" for the sake of collaboration)? What does successful collaboration look like? Join the Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative's fourth CGL-eligible leadership module, "Collaborating Across Boundaries." The session will feature case studies, group discussions, exercises, take-home worksheets and Q&A sessions. The session would be led by Frank Benest (former City Manager, City of Palo Alto), Dominic Lazzaretto (City Manager, City of Arcadia), and Nat Rojanasathira (Administrative Services Director, Town of Danville).

Session #1
Sunday, October 13
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Staying Interconnected Through Change

Change is constant, and when poorly led, it slows our operations, stifles our energy, and stagnates our teams. As leaders, it's our job to embrace change and proactively lead the way. In this dynamic and interactive session, you'll learn a simple change leadership model that is easy to remember, simple to apply, and effective at any stage in the change curve. We will address some of the most common barriers to effective change leadership (hello, reptilian brain!) and practice simple techniques that will help us stay connected and operate with intention, understand the true sources of resistance that we encounter, co-author a shared vision for the future, and make collaborative plans of action. You’ll leave with a simple job aid that will help you be the change leader you were born to be!

Claire Laughlin, MRG LLC

Session #2
Sunday, October 13
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fireside Chat on the State of the Profession

Attending an annual conference is an opportunity for you to take stock of your personal and professional goals. This year, join MMANC’s president, Carla Hansen and ICMA President Karen Pinkos for a fireside chat as they ponder the State of the Profession.

What will municipal leadership of the future need to be prepared for? How will the services we provide our communities change? How can we prepare ourselves to be leaders in an ever-changing world?


Monday, October 14, 2019


General Welcome

Opening Session
Monday, October 14
8:30 am - 8:45 am

Keynote Speaker
Monday, October 14
8:45 am - 9:50 am

More Information Coming Soon!

Session #3
Monday, October 14
10:00 am - 11:50 am

 Diversity & Equity: The Tale of Two Cities

Each jurisdiction in California is establishing a program or a ban due to the passage of the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).  This presentation will share City of Stockton’s perspective and implementation of its cannabis regulatory program.  The City of Stockton’s perspective took from the best practices, community input, industry needs, and molded a unique program to fit and balance stakeholder’s needs.  The presentation will highlight the components of the program, along with lessons learned.  The goal is that through the sharing of City of Stockton’s experience, other jurisdictions will gain valuable insight when preparing for a policy project similar in nature. 

The presentation will also discuss the Organizational Development Process behind implementing and equity lens and tools into the government action and decision-making process.  This session will explore the theory and share tools to creating an organization that implements equity into process and procedure. The presenter will use a case study within City of Oakland to understand the process and see how the tools were operationalized to ensure a more equitable and inclusive outcome. Four concepts of the Equitable Service Approach process will be examined, which include: 1) Data Analysis, Historical Understanding and Education, 2) Inclusive Engagement, 3) Accountability, and 4) Implementation of Equity Tools and Practices.

Ariana Ayala, City of Stockton & Andrea Mariano, City of Oakland

Session #4
Monday, October 14
10:00 am - 11:50 am

 The Next Step On Your Career Ladder: A Rung Up or a Missed Step? What City Managers are Seeking to Create a Dream Team

As your career unfolds, you've put in the time, gained the experience and made yourself indispensable in order to prepare yourself for that dream job. While searching and applying for the top job you feel ready to assume, you become a candidate in recruitment processes that are cut short. Why, you think, did I not make it to the next stage of the process? You established good rapport with the recruiter, so why didn't they advocate for your advancement in the process? If only you had gotten to the interview phase, you could have clearly conveyed why you're the best person for the job. Gaining insight from recruiter and City Manager perspectives about aligning needs and fit for a position, not just experience and accomplishments, can help potential candidates to better evaluate what is a realistic dream job and if it is within reach at this point in your career. Learn what's important in preparing for the dream job search and what can better position you for success and how to turn disappointment into a polished application package the next time out.

Patricia Martel

Session #5
Monday, October 14
10:00 am - 11:50 am

 Start to Now: EconDev Lessons from Tracy’s ‘Inside the Triangle’ Campaign

While Bay Area hubs, like San Francisco and San Jose boom, neighboring cities are experiencing economic growth as well. Positioning your city as a viable alternative to the expensive Bay Area core includes a strong digital strategy for those hunting for “adjacent” areas. With a goal to drive high-end job creation, the City of Tracy engaged a marketing and communications consultant, Tripepi Smith, to attract business. What started as a pursuit of a thriving economy and resources for residents has resulted in over 950,000 Facebook impressions, over 700,000 Google impressions, over 390,000 LinkedIn impressions and a three-fold increase in traffic to its economic development-focused website. Speakers will share their experiences and lessons learned from nearly two years of running a successful economic development campaign that has established a city identity and bound messaging for both internal and external audiences. The discussion will focus on how Economic Development and the City PIO shared a mission to communicate to local, regional and national prospects, while also partnering with an outside consulting. Consistent communication and innovative messaging approaches bridged gaps and reconciled the needs of the department and the audiences they sought to reach. By attending this session, audience members will: learn from the insights of Tracy’s experience, contemplate digital strategies to achieve economic development success, and identify specific tools to drive online traffic.

Ryder Todd Smith, Tripepi Smith

Session #6
Monday, October 14
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

 Municipal Bonds: Creative Applications of Traditional Financing Tools to Promote Economic Growth and Resiliency

Municipal bond financing tools, such as community facility districts, have long been used to support “greenfield” developments in suburban areas. Over the last decade, these tools have been increasingly applied to urban settings. When well-integrated with land use zoning changes, they can be used to promote development and mitigate the strains of development on transportation infrastructure and quality of life in denser communities. Additionally, there is an emerging public finance tool called C-PACE (Commercial PACE), which is being used to enhance the seismic and fire resiliency and resource efficiency of private development projects, such as hotels. A representative from the City and County of San Francisco and representatives from Stifel will discuss these topics. As we walk through practical case studies, our goal will be to demystify certain aspects of the municipal bond financing process and better understand how infrastructure is financed generally. A particular focus will be on municipal bonds that have been used for economic development and resiliency.

Eric McKean, Stifel

CGL Certified Course #2
Monday, October 14
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Diversity Uncovered™ - An Interactive Introduction To Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, And Diversity Education For Government Leaders

Diversity Uncovered™ is an interactive introduction to Diversity, inclusion and Equity education for Government Leaders. This training is designed to take participants on a journey to develop a common language to identify and address challenges related to prejudice and discrimination in their workplace in order to be more effective partners in promoting equity and change in their regions.

Tiffany Hoang, CircleUp Education

CGL Certified Course #3
Monday, October 14
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Art and Practice of Facilitation: Doing Our Best Work Together

Facilitation— the process through which a person helps others complete their work and improve the way they work together—is a key capacity for leadership and collaboration as it is integral to fostering participation, engagement, and the investment necessary for a group to do its best work. While education and training in facilitation is important, facilitation skills are best developed by reflecting on and learning from one’s lived experience and then putting that learning into action. Through a combination of individual, small and full-group activities and discussion, participants will identify and learn the “key ingredients” for effective group facilitation by connecting known best practices to their own lived experience. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of (1) the necessary conditions for effective facilitation; (2) their own facilitation style, strengths, and areas for growth; and (3) actionable steps to further develop their facilitation practice.

Kristen Del Simone, Entelechy LLC

Special Program
Monday, October 14
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons Walking Tour

Golden 1 Center sits in the middle of Downtown Commons (DoCo), a vibrant collection of 1.5 million square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment venues. DoCo is the common ground where locals and tourists gather to turn an event on the calendar into an experience of a lifetime.

Come walk one of the largest Public/Private partnerships in Downtown Sacramento history. This tour will encompass how the Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons went from inception to completion through an intensive collaborative effort between the Sacramento Kings and the City of Sacramento, and how both parties handled the difficulties of managing City processes and execution of a two and a half year design and construction schedule. We will discuss aspects of Community, Construction, Economic Development, Management, Traffic, and Urban Design as part of the tour. This tour will culminate with an interior walk through of the Golden 1 Center, the 1st LEED Platinum Sports Arena in the world. Tour Guides: Matthew Sites, City of Sacramento and Mellissa Cleveland, Sacramento Kings.

  • 1:00 PM - Walking Tour will begin at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento (walk down K Street)

  • 1:30 PM - Tour Downtown Commons (DoCo)

  • 2:30 PM - Tour Golden 1 Center

  • 3:50 PM - Return to Hyatt

Tour Registration (Annual Conference attendees only) Capacity: 30 people

For questions contact Shakiyla Maxwell.

Mock Interviews

The Mock Interview session will provide attendees an opportunity to meet and “interview” with executives from agencies around Northern California and top recruiting firms in the region. Valuable real-time feedback be provided. There are 16 spots available and attendees must pre-register for the session by contacting Monica Davis.

Mock Interviews
Monday, October 14
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session #7
Monday, October 14
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

 From Necessary Evil to a Professional Treat: Taking Control of the Interview Process to Advance Your Career

As your career unfolds, you've put in the time, gained the experience and made yourself indispensable in order to prepare yourself for that dream job. While searching and applying for the top job you feel ready to assume, you become a candidate in recruitment processes that are cut short. Why, you think, did I not make it to the next stage of the process? You established good rapport with the recruiter, so why didn't they advocate for your advancement in the process? If only you had gotten to the interview phase, you could have clearly conveyed why you're the best person for the job. Gaining insight from recruiter and City Manager perspectives about aligning needs and fit for a position, not just experience and accomplishments, can help potential candidates to better evaluate what is a realistic dream job and if it is within reach at this point in your career. Learn what's important in preparing for the dream job search and what can better position you for success and how to turn disappointment into a polished application package the next time out.

Amalia Cunningham, Contra Costa County

Session #8
Monday, October 14
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

 A City Manager's Guide to Tax Ballot Measures

Revenue is that necessity that that always seems in short supply. For cities considering a tax ballot measure, this session will offer a view of the process for how to shape a ballot measure, and the legal considerations for structuring campaigns and elections. Attendees will hear from a city manager on the challenges and how to engage stakeholders and the community for a positive outcome. Discussion will include when public funds may be used, assessing potential local tax measures, best practices for an effective campaign, the role of city staff, and common concerns and myths.

Thomas Adams, Avenu Insights and Analytics


Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Special Program
Tuesday, October 15
6:45 am - 8:00 am

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MMANC 5K / Walk

Start off one of your days at the conference with the MMANC Annual Conference 5k. Both competitive runners and relaxed strollers are encouraged to participate. We’ll meet in the lobby Tuesday morning at 6:45 am and the 5k will take place a few steps outside of the hotel at the California State Capitol Park.

When registering for the conference, be sure to select that you are attending the 5K in order to get a t-shirt!

Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 am - 10:20 am


 Eric Schnure

For 25 years, former White House speechwriter Eric Schnure has written speeches for politicians, Fortune 100 executives and other leaders, helping make their messages more memorable, their words more effective and their delivery more powerful. He is the co-author of The Political Speechwriter’s Companion: A Guide For Writers and Speakers, 2nd Edition (SAGE, August 2019).

Session #9
Tuesday, October 15
10:30 am - 11:50 am

 Successful Partnerships: Digital Storytelling and the Media Internship Program

Community engagement, transparency and trending are great buzzwords that get tossed around. The challenge is how does your public agency connect and interact with the public you serve? Are you reaching all your demographics while ignoring others? This session will offer practical tips to help your agency get started with video production and how to utilize the internet to promote your videos on your agencies website, social media, and video sharing platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc…) Millennial's want to be a part of something bigger then themselves. They are looking for opportunities to have an impact. The City of Tracy will share its successful model of integrating high school and college students into a Media Internship Program. Since 2013 over 60 students have gone through our program and the city has hired on 12 part time staff that have gone through this training.

Dan Summa, City of Tracy

Session #10
Tuesday, October 15
10:30 am - 11:50 am

 Create a Volunteer Leadership Program To Build Capacity

Volunteers are perhaps the most under-utilized resource in most agencies. Learn how to create a volunteer program that puts the department on the map from an expert in volunteer management. This session will provide an introduction to how you can best utilize volunteers. We’ll explore the why behind volunteer engagement and how it can benefit any department or program. We’ll investigate how volunteer ambassadors can help to expand your footprint and give them a sense of purpose.

Becky Lunders, teamWorks

Session #11
Tuesday, October 15
10:30 am - 11:50 am

 Creating a Community Engagement process tailored to your Community

Creating a Community Engagement Process Tailored to Your Community. This session will: 1. Demonstrate and create an implementable outreach plan that reflects your community personality 2. Consider a tailored strategy to collect input from unrepresented groups 3. Summarize how to utilize technology and social media outreach strategies (Town Hall, on-line surveys) As leaders we need to develop new and meaningful ways to engage our populations that we serve. Each project should be tailored to meet the objectives of the program or project. Don't make it a cookie cutter outreach plan. This session will be engaging as we will dialogue and discuss tools and ideas to engage folks from where they are to get the best outcomes for the community. We will discuss the interconnectedness of policy makers, staff and constituents in getting a project outreach done effectively.

Kimberly Castro, City of Santa Clara

CGL Certified Course #4
Tuesday, October 15
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 Building Employee Engagement: A Roadmap and Lessons Learned

Municipal governments across the country are realizing that measuring and then improving the engagement of their employees results in improved performance and service delivery. That’s why the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement was created – to help governments measure and improve engagement, to share leading practices, and to conduct research to advance our knowledge about engagement in the public sector. This session will describe our roadmap to improved engagement and share a baker’s dozen of lessons the Institute has learned working with dozens of local governments and surveying tens of thousands of employees. This session will support the theme of the conference – “Interconnected Excellence” – by exploring employee engagement, one of the key topics identified by the planning committee.

Bob Lavigna, CPS HR Consulting -- Institue for Public Sector Employee Engagement

CGL Certified Course #5
Tuesday, October 15
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 Using Human-Centered Design for Increased Collaboration in Local Government

Human-centered design is all about the interconnectedness of humans - within systems, cities and departments. The theme is relevant to the conference as we will be showcasing how human-centered design has helped to foster greater collaboration within the City of San Rafael. We’ll provide examples of how various departments within the city are working together for success, then allow participants to practice some of the tools and techniques we're using.

Judi Brown, CivicMakers

Mobile Capitol Tour

More information coming soon!

Special Program
Tuesday, October 15
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Session #12
Tuesday, October 15
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Community Conversations about Housing: Dialogue, not Debates

When housing is on the agenda, community meetings and Council chambers are often filled with the same twenty opponents. But it doesn't have to be that way. The community conversations approach to engagement brings in new voices, provides a more complete perspective of residents opinions and enables elected officials to make more broadly informed decisions about housing. The approach also starts building trust between city residents and staff. Come learn a new way to do outreach, how to host a listening and learning meeting and see examples of ways to build ongoing connections with your residents. The community conversations approach has been collaboratively developed by Home for All San Mateo County, Common Knowledge Plus and the cities and towns of Brisbane, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City and San Mateo.

Peggy Jensen, County of San Mateo

Session #13
Tuesday, October 15
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Digital Ready: Scaling and Adopting Disaster Preparedness Using Lessons From the California Fires

Digital is the default when disaster strikes, and governments must be prepared to communicate response and recovery efforts to the public immediately, continuously and effectively. From websites to social media, the community relies solely on these channels to stay updated on relief efforts, and these must be mobile, accessible, adaptive, informative and planned in advance. Hear firsthand lessons learned from leaders who managed digital and communications operations during the Santa Rosa and Sonoma County fires and learn how governments can prepare, as Marin County has, when disaster strikes your communities.

Laine Hendricks, County of Marin

Session #14
Tuesday, October 15
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thinking Beyond the Fence Line: Exploring Public-Public Partnerships and Intergovernmental Support Agreements

As staffing and operational costs continue to increase, and available dollars continue to shrink, municipal and military partners continue to search for ways to “stretch the tax dollar.” In this session, we will introduce the topic of working collaboratively through Intergovernmental Support Agreements and how these unique partnerships can increase readiness for military and municipal partners, reduce operational costs for both partners, build and preserve internal and external capabilities, and preserve economic competitiveness within the region. Take advantage of the opportunity to: 1. Learn what an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) is, and how it works in practice 2. Understand the operational, financial, and partnership tenets essential to development of an IGSA 3. Explore the role of organizational culture in developing an IGSA or Public-Public partnership 4. Discuss how to actually begin an IGSA 5. Brainstorm innovative community solutions with the team that has developed and implemented the largest IGSA to date, known within the Department of Defense as the “Monterey Model”.

Tamar Kaufman Meusel, City of Monterey

Session #15
Tuesday, October 15
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Telling Your Agency's Story to Recruit New Talent

Telling your agency's story can be challenging. Telling the story of why someone should consider working for your agency can be even harder. Today's local governments are facing a new challenge - the competition for talent in California is fierce. The good news is that local governments possess a potential advantage in attracting and retaining new talent because today’s work force seeks meaning in their work and wants to make a difference. This session, sponsored by Institute for Local Government (ILG) and Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative, would review how communications professionals and other agency staff can work together across boundaries to promote career opportunities in their cities. Innovative agency programs and the Institute for Local Government’s Governments Engaging Youth Project will be discussed, as well as other examples of how local governments are leading the charge to recruit a diverse, dedicated and driven team.

Melissa Kuehne, Institute for Local Government

Special Program

Tuesday, October 15
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cal-ICMA Dinner & Networking Social

Zocalo Restaurant - 1800 Capitol Ave.  

The restaurant is a half mile walk from the Hyatt Regency.

Cost is $40 (No host bar) payable by Venmo to @donyaQ.

For more information or questions, please contact Maya Williams.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, October 16
9:30 am - 10:30 am

 Julia Burrows - Special Assistant to the Mayor of Sacramento

Burrows' career spans three decades in government, economic development and sustainability. Burrows is the Senior Policy Advisor to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg with a portfolio that includes housing, climate, transportation, diversity & inclusion and the Chongqing, China trade office. She most recently served as the director of the Governing Institute, a think tank and affiliate of Governing magazine, with a mission to advance innovation, alliances and ideas among state and local governments nationwide. She facilitated the Governing Institute's Women in Government Leadership Program and worked with the Institute's Senior Fellows, Public Officials of the Year and association partners to highlight best practices at conferences, webinars, and executive events. Prior to joining Governing, Burrows was President & CEO of Greenwise Joint Venture and senior adviser to Mayor Kevin Johnson for sustainability and investment in Sacramento's green economy. She previously served 22 years with the City of Roseville in various roles, including Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning.

Brunch
Wednesday, October 16
10:30 am - 12:00 am

Brunch with an Executive

Meet with executive leaders from all over Northern California in a casual, small group setting! This popular session offers conference attendees the opportunity to receive advice and mentorship from seasoned executives and a chance for municipal leaders to share their wisdom with enthusiastic up-and-comers. Start brainstorming topics you always wanted to discuss and be prepared to be enlightened by some of California’s best leaders.