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Chris Zapata
City Manager
City of Anaheim, CA

Dave Mora
City Manager, Retired
City of Salinas, CA

Espiridion “Al” Borrego
Associate Professor of Public Administration
University of Texas Pan American

Dr. Frank Benest
City Manager, Retired
City of Palo Alto, CA

J.A. “Tony” Ojeda
CivicTech and Associates

Jesus Nava Jr.
Assistant City Manager
City of Oxnard, CA

Lalo Perez
Chief Financial Officer
City of Palo Alto, CA

Emmanuel “Manny” Toribio
City Administrator
Prairie City, IA

Angel Rios
Assistant Director
Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services
City of San Jose, CA

Carlos P. Baia
Deputy City Manager—Development
City of Concord, NH

Rolando Fernandez
Assistant Director for the Contract Management Department
City of Austin, TX

Raymond H. Gonzales
County Manger
Adams County, CO

Ramiro J. Inguanzo
Assistant Village Manager
Bal Harbour Village, Florida

Bob Harrison
City Manager
City of Renton, WA

Raoul Lavin
Assistant City Manager
City of Tallahassee
300 S. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL  32301

Ramiro Salazar
Library Director
San Antonio Public Library
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX
Phone: 210-207-2644

Noel Bernal
City Manager
City of Brownsville
City Hall, 2nd Floor
1001 E. Elizabeth Street
Brownsville, TX 78522-09011
Phone: 956-548-6007


Deanna J. Santana
City Manager
City of Santa Clara, CA

Jan Perkins
Senior Partner
Management Partners

Jane Bais DiSessa
Deputy Mayor
City of Pontiac, MI

Magda Gonzalez
Former City Manager

Maria De Leon
Director of Recreation
City of Gilroy,CA

Maria Hurtado
Assistant City Manager
City of Hayward, CA

Pat Martel
City Manager
City of Daly City, CA

Veronica Briseno
Economic Development Director
City of Austin, TX

Zulma Maciel
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services
City of San Jose, CA

Yocelyn Galiano
Village Manager
Pinecrest, FL

Claudia Luján
Human Resources Assistant Director
El Paso, TX

Samantha Tavares
Operations Manager – Public Works
City of Phoenix, AZ

Nina Collins
Director of Human Resources
City of Hayward, CA

Valerie Gaeta Phillips
President and Owner
Bob Murray & Associates

Aubrey Gonzalez
Director at Large

Paulina Martinez
Acting Assistant City Manager
City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL  60201
Phone: 847-859-7833

Gricelda Estrada
Executive Administrative Assistant
City of Grand Rapids
Executive Office
300 Montrose Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-456-3166