The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) is pleased to announce that the city of Roseville and city of Moorpark have been selected as the recipients of the fourth annual Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund grants.

The Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund offers two $5,000 grants to local governments to fund summer internships. Half the funding for this program comes from the estate of Judy Lyn Kelsey, a longtime California city manager with a passion for uplifting others. At the beginning of her career, Kelsey interned in the City Manager’s Office in the city of San Dimas and participated in a grant program for the Los Angeles Police Department. She saw great value in these experiences and donated part of her estate to enable internships for individuals with a passion for local government. Kelsey’s estate funds one $5,000 grant annually. CCMF matches her gift to provide a second $5,000 grant.

The city of Roseville and the city of Moorpark were selected for the 2023 awards based on their detailed plans for meaningful internship programs.

“The recipients of the 2023 Judy Kelsey Memorial Fund grant showcased a remarkable dedication to guiding aspiring public servants and making a positive influence on their community through a range of effective projects,” said Chair of the CCMF scholarship committee Fran Mancia. “CCMF takes great pride in supporting interns for these innovative programs, aligning with our mission of promoting excellence in city management.”

The city of Roseville will use the funding to enhance its human resources internship program for high school students. Recently, the current intern coordinator identified a concern that the city’s growing population of Ukrainian immigrant students did not experience full participation privileges in the internship program due to a lack of understanding of the program’s benefits. The new intern will help facilitate the inclusion of migrant Ukrainian students into the program (led by a Ukrainian-speaking high school student) and help them bridge the cultural and language gap so Ukrainian students can benefit from full participation. They will also partner with the intern coordinator to develop an informational day and a substantive 6-week summer program.

The city of Moorpark’s intern will develop a Sustainability Plan and potentially present it to the leadership team and/or the city council. Duties include interacting with city staff, neighboring communities and agency representatives from the city’s waste hauling company. Depending on the volume of work and the timeline of the internship, the intern may also assist staff with reimagining the structure of Moorpark’s teen council and developing employee and community engagement projects.

Please visit the Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund webpage for more information and contact with any questions.