The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) is pleased to announce that all Executive Education Grants for the 2023-24 program year have been awarded. Each year, CCMF offers up to two $10,000 scholarships to active CCMF members who are seeking to participate in educational programs. CCMF Corporate Benefactor Sponsor HdL Companies also offers an additional scholarship for $7,500 for the Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) at Stanford University.

“In our dedication to supporting and encouraging excellence in city management, we offer a range of scholarships annually,” said CCMF Executive Director Ken Pulskamp. “Among these, our Executive Education Grant program stands out specifically to CCMF members, and we are always excited to see them benefit from it. Through participating in educational programs, members have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and connect with like-minded individuals.”

CCMF awarded its Executive Education Grants to San Pablo City Manager Matt Rodriguez and Norwalk Deputy City Manager Richard A. Rojas, Jr. Mr. Rodriguez used his grant to attend the Harvard Leadership Decision Making program.

“The CCMF Executive Education Grant provided me the opportunity to complete my executive education pursuits after two years of study to earn an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government this past January 2024,” Rodriguez said. “I am extremely grateful to CCMF for exposing me to new knowledge and emerging approaches in the public sector to enhance my effectiveness as a city manager in solving current problems facing local communities that we all serve.”

Mr. Rojas, Jr. will use his grant to attend the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in June 2024.

“I am excited for the prospect of engaging with other senior executives in state and local government – first responders, legislators, as well as city administrators – in the world-renowned learning environment at the Harvard Kennedy School,” Rojas, Jr. said. “I know I will be challenged, but I hope the experience will enable me to lead and serve at a higher level once I return.”

HdL Companies awarded its scholarship to Clovis Assistant City Manager Andrew Haussler for his attendance in LGSI’s July program. With all three scholarships awarded, the application period for the 2023-24 program year is now closed. CCMF will reopen the application period at the start of the new program year: July 1, 2024. Join us in congratulating this year’s recipients!

To learn more, visit CCMF’s Executive Education Grants page.