Our Mission

CCMF Mission Statement:

The mission of the California City Management Foundation is to promote and encourage excellence in city management in all of California’s 480+ incorporated cities and towns.

Expanded Mission Statement:

Through our extensive peer network we offer guidance, support and advice for City Managers in all stages of their careers. Working with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) we help establish ethical standards in the industry. We sponsor luncheons and conferences, provide legal advice, and maintain a library of resources for our members. We do a lot of things, but above all, we foster a community of City Managers, both online and off.

There are five essential roles for CCMF to play in the lives of city managers:

  1. Celebrate individual city managers and our profession
  2. Support policies that make for successful, manageable and enduring cities
  3. Ensure the profession remains attractive to the best talent to ensure good city managers are available to cities
  4. Help current and future city managers advance their careers with education, training and career transition.
  5. Encourage and support managers through difficult times.

By focusing on these key areas, CCMF will have a sustainable mission in purpose in the years ahead and add value to our members’ lives.

2018-20 Strategic Plan:

  1. Sharing Our Expertise: CCMF is supported by amazing talent with years of experience in local government leadership. CCMF will promote its thought leadership on issues and challenges related to the City Manager community by focusing on publishing pieces to well-read local government publications.
  2. Improving the Peer Network: One of CCMF’s defining characteristics is our extensive peer network. To continue building on these relationships at every level, we will host more area group lunches and make an effort for each Board Member to attend more local events. Additionally, the Board will reach out to non-members in their regional area, inviting them to join our numbers.
  3. Strengthening New Talent: The transition into the city management profession or into a new city can be tough. CCMF wants to better assist new City Managers and Managers in Transition by personally reaching out during this tumultuous time and offering support to those who need it.
  4. Investing in the League CM Department Meeting: Each year during the League of California Cities City Manager Department Meeting, the state’s city management community gathers in a prime opportunity to learn with (and from) their peers. CCMF will be taking steps to secure a high-quality conference keynote speaker to share leading-edge techniques and/or inspire relevant discussions throughout the profession.
  5. Increasing Scholarship Opportunities: CCMF recognizes that there are a growing number of professional development opportunities for the city management community. Attending the annual League City Managers Department Meeting or programs such as the Local Governance Summer Institute at Stanford could have a large impact on overall leadership skills and best practice knowledge. CCMF is committed to offering more scholarship opportunities to help current and future City Managers grow their capabilities.

To learn more about CCMF, visit our Press Materials page.

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