LGHN Committees

Professional Development Committee: The Vice President for Professional Development chairs the committee. The committee develops professional development programs and webinars; leverages webinars presented by affiliate organizations; creates and conducts programming for ICMA and affiliates conferences and meetings; and provides oversight of programming for LGHN’s biennial conference along with the planning process. Chair:  Ramiro Inguanzo, Village of Bal Harbour, FL

Conference Planning Subcommittee: Finalize 2023 LGHN Conference location, dates and recruit a “host” committee. Review conference planning responsibilities and establish working schedule for the planning process. Recruit LGHN members to assist and serve on the conference planning committee. Identify potential sponsors for 2023 conference. Chair: Ramiro Inguanzo, Village of Bal Harbour, FL

Career Development Committee: The Vice President for Career Development chairs the committee. This committee has oversight for the Madrinas y Padrinos coaching program and matches early management professionals with more seasoned leaders in the local government profession. The program is a six-month program that includes one-on-one consultations between the mentors and the mentees with periodic webinars and check-in sessions. The committee is in the process of  developing coaching program focused on ICMA university chapters. The goal is to increase the capacity and competitiveness of Hispanic/Latino professionals so they can move into leadership positions in local government. Chair: Gricelda Estrada, City of Grand Rapids, MI

University Partnerships Subcommittee: The President appoints the chair of the subcommittee. The committee is comprised of practitioners and academics. The committee develops strategies to increase the number of practitioners in the classroom and to increase the number of people of color in the local government profession. The committee works with affiliate organizations (i.e., NFBPA, NACA, I-NAPA and ICMA) to identify mutual interest to partner with universities; identify LGHN members to serve as liaisons to ICMA university chapters; and develop strategies to connect students to the LGHN Madrinas y Padrinos coaching program. Chair:  TBD

Membership Committee: The Vice President for Membership chairs the committee. The committee develops an annual strategy for individual and institutional membership recruitment and renewals; promotes and supports the creation of formal LGHN chapters; develops outreach and support to ICMA university chapters; and recommends annual dues structure to the LGHN Board of Directors. The primary focus of the committee’s workplan for the next year will be assisting with the development of regional membership chapters. The committee is also convening quarterly meetings with all LGHN chapters to facilitate discussions between LGHN and chapters. Chair: Bob Harrison, City of Yakima, WA; Vice Chair: Marcus Steele, City of Mesa, AZ

LGHN Chapters Subcommittee: The President appoints the chair of the subcommittee. Establish advisory committee in conjunction with LGHN chapter representatives. Develop plan to engage chapters on an ongoing basis. Create a chapter recognition program. Chair: Marcus Steele, City of Mesa, AZ

Communications Committee: The President appoints the chair of the committee. The committee creates a plan to promote the organization through various outreach efforts, including social media, internet, and print publications. The committee also assists with the development of promotional brochures and other media to market/brand the organization as well as monitor and recommend strategies to provide current and relevant information to members including regular updates to the website. Chair: Samantha Tavares, City of Phoenix, AZ; Vice Chair: Marrisa Ramirez-Ramos, City of Mesa, AZ

Scholarships and Fund Development Committee: The Immediate Past President chairs the committee. The committee assists with formulating and implementing organizational income strategies to support regional events; national conferences and events, including the annual dinner at the ICMA conference; scholarships/stipends to assist young professionals attend regional and national events; and LGHN operations. The committee assists in identifying potential sponsors, with LGHN staff providing specific follow-up. Chair: Rolando Fernandez, City of Austin, TX

International Committee: The President appoints the chair of the committee. The committee is co-branding with ICMA to develop the structure and process for a LGHN-led certification program with Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other Latin American countries – Principios de Exito. The committee will develop a strategy in partnership with ICMA to provide training modules based on ICMA’s Core Competencies. The committee will recruit and engage Spanish speaking members to 1) prepare case studies, 2) share expertise to improve infrastructure and local government leadership, and 3) conduct the trainings virtually or in person for local government professionals in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Chair: Noel Bernal, City of Brownsville, TX