Four members of the CCMF community provided an update on the status of women in California city management at the 2020 League of California Cities City Managers Conference in Napa.
Access their presentation here:
- CCMF Board of Trustees member and El Cerrito City Manager Karen Pinkos moderated the panel, which took place the first afternoon of the conference.
- Bill Avery of CCMF Corporate Member William Avery & Associates shared best practices from the recruiting world for increasing gender diversity.
- Two female CCMF members in management positions, Concord City Manager Valerie Barone and Rancho Cucamonga Deputy City Manager Lori Sassoon, described their path to city management and provided insights about ways to increase female representation in the upper levels of city government.
The session was CCMF’s most recent effort to provide members with information about the state of women in California city government. After a 2013 study by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) found that women only held 13 percent of local chief administrative officer (CAO) positions, CCMF began tracking the rise of women in California city management. In the Member Resources section of this website, you can find tips to encourage gender diversity in hiring processes and organizational policies. This latest conference presentation touched upon findings from CCMF’s 2019 research into the state of women in California city leadership.
Slides from the presentation are available for download. Photos from the session are available on Facebook. All resources on this website related to women in the profession are open to the public–no CCMF membership required.
Thank you to everyone who attended the session!