Harvard Leadership ProgramEach year, CCMF offers up to two (2) $5,000 scholarships to active CCMF members accepted to a program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Executive Education.

In particular, the “Leadership Decision Making” course teaches leaders like you how to answer tough questions, improve the accuracy of your estimates, and structure effective negotiations. It also teaches you how to design better decision environments—ones that reduce bias and inaccuracy—making your organization smarter.

As city managers, we make decisions every day. It is a rare opportunity to step away from the daily pressures and expectations and examine how we personally operate. The program provided an opportunity to learn new concepts and put into practice those concepts with a diverse group of professionals from around the world.
Ken Striplin, City Manager, Santa Clarita

STEP 1: Apply to a Harvard Kennedy School program

Currently, the CCMF Board of Trustees is only considering providing scholarships for in-person programs. Harvard’s Leadership Decision Making program will be virtual until at least January 2022. Stay tuned for more information from CCMF.

Program Fee for the Leadership Decision Making program: approximately $9,950, which includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals. Please visit Harvard’s website for full details about the course and to apply.

STEP 2: Apply for a CCMF $5,000 scholarship

Once you receive confirmation of acceptance into the program, please email Ken Pulskamp at ken@cacitymanagers.org with:

  1. Your proof of acceptance
  2. Your up-to-date resume
  3. A brief cover letter on how you would leverage what you learn from the Harvard program

CCMF will then select a scholarship winner and inform all applicants. The scholarship winner will receive a $5,000.00 reimbursement to use toward the cost of attending the program.

Past winners:


Scott Carney, Deputy City Manager of Stockton


David Wilson, Assistant City Manager of West Hollywood
Alex Terrazas, City Manager of Los Banos
Jim Shultz, City Manager of San Rafael


Kevin Kearney, City Manager of Bradbury
Kurt Wilson, City Manager of Stockton
Valerie Barone, City Manager of Concord


Ken Striplin, City Manager of Santa Clarita