Uma Ramesh, ICMA Chief Operating Officer
Former chief financial officer (CFO) Uma Ramesh was appointed chief operating officer (COO) of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, in June 2013. Uma will serve in the dual role of COO/CFO until a new financial officer is hired.
As COO, Uma provides day-to-day oversight of ICMA’s operations and leads a seven-member leadership team responsible for all of ICMA’s business lines, including membership, professional development, international programs, U.S. programs, and information, plus such support functions as marketing and communications, facilities, finance, HR, and IT. She has extensive knowledge of the financial and programmatic implications of these business lines and their contributions to ICMA’s mission.
As ICMA’s CFO, Uma holds responsibility for ICMA’s financial management, recommends long-term reserve goals for the organization, leads and coordinates the annual budget process, works with ICMA’s finance and audit committees and external auditors, implements cost allocation standards, and is responsible for the investment of ICMA’s cash reserves and endowment fund balances.
“I am excited about this opportunity to take the strategic vision and direction set by the ICMA Executive Board, to operationalize it, and to make it a reality,” Uma said recently. “The work professional managers do in their communities day after day has an impact on the lives of so many individuals worldwide, and I am so proud to be a part of the ICMA team that provides the support our members have come to expect from us to help them excel in their jobs.”
Uma brings 25 years of executive- and administrative-level experience to her leadership role with ICMA. She has been with the organization since June 1991, when she accepted the position of controller. In September 2005, she was named ICMA’s CFO, and in April 2013, she took on the added responsibilities of interim COO. Prior to joining ICMA, Uma worked for five years as controller for an international publishing firm, where she automated all its financial and order fulfillment processes.
Uma is well recognized within the not-for-profit financial community for her knowledge and understanding of organizational operations, especially as they relate to operating a complicated grants and contracts division. She also serves as treasurer for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence in Washington, D.C., and is on the finance committee of the Center for Public Administration and Service, Inc., which owns and operates the building in which ICMA is housed.
Uma earned her bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras, India, in 1985, and her master’s in information systems from George Mason University in 1988. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.