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ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees

How to Submit a Volunteer Request

1. Log-in at the icma.org website

2. Once logged in, select "My Account" at the top right corner of the page.

3. Once in your account, select "My Committee Nominations"

4. Submit your top three choices

5. Click "Save"

ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees are a great opportunity for member participation, connection, and networking.

The ICMA Executive Board usually considers whether to establish new task forces or committees at its February board meeting. Members are encouraged to volunteer in the spring, and appointments are made by the president-elect in June. New groups usually start their work at the annual conference in the fall.

Task Forces

Task forces have specific assignments, work with defined deadlines (one to three years), and are composed of one group of members for the duration.

Advisory Boards

The executive director will periodically appoint advisory groups to assist with key initiatives.


ICMA committees are primarily those with delegated decision-making authority from the board. They have advisory roles and are ongoing, with staggered terms of members who serve.  

 2015 Conference Evaluation Committee       

The Conference Evaluation Committee evaluates the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2015 committee will meet twice in Seattle: Sunday, Sept. 27, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.

2016 Conference Planning Committee                 

The Conference Planning Committee plans the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2016 committee, will plan ICMA's 102nd Annual Conference in the Greater Kansas City Region.  The planning committee will have an orientation meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, during this year’s conference in Seattle, Washington. The committee’s main meeting will be held in Kansas City, Missouri beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015, and adjourning by noon on Sunday, November 22. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year. 

 Advisory Board on Graduate Education           

 The Advisory Board on Graduate Education (ABGE) is a member group that meets jointly with professors of public administration for the purpose of enhancing the education of future local government management professionals. ABGE members are appointed by ICMA's executive director and work hand-in-hand with NASPAA's Local Government Management Education Committee, through three subcommittees: Managers as Faculty, Filling the Pipeline, and MPA Programs. ABGE members create useful tools for improving the education of future managers. The ABGE meets at the ICMA conference on Sunday morning and holds conference calls throughout the year.

 Awards Evaluation Panel                             

 The Local Government Excellence Awards Committee evaluates the nominations to ICMA's Annual Awards Program and selects the recipients of the Professional and Program Excellence Awards, which are conferred at each year's annual conference. Seventeen members, representing each of ICMA's six regions and including several at-large positions, serve on the panel for three-year terms. The panel meets Sunday morning of the annual conference and participates in one or two conference calls per year.  

Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee                      

The Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee oversees federal and state policy issues and reports back to membership and the board. Given the committee's ongoing role and the value of maintaining some continuity in the committee's membership; one-third of the committee's membership changes each year. Members are typically appointed for two- or three-year terms. The committee meets twice annually: Sunday morning of the ICMA Annual Conference and in March in conjunction with the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference. The March meeting is held at ICMA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

 ICMA Welcome Ambassadors            

This program utilizes ICMA’s best resource--its current members--to welcome new members to the community. The Welcome Ambassadors’ goal is to provide meaningful, peer-to-peer outreach to members who have recently joined ICMA, with a focus on both U.S.  and International members serving in local government. This committee is ideal for members who have a passion for the profession, a desire to help new members discover the value of their ICMA membership, and who want to expand their own professional network by interacting with dozens of new members over the course of the year. Members are asked to:

  •  Commit to serve for one year (with the option for renewal) starting in September 2015.
  • Contact two to four members per month by e-mail (possibly with a follow-up phone call).
  • Provide monthly feedback to ICMA, including what the needs of the new members are, with an eye toward continually improving the process with which we welcome new members into the ICMA community.
  • Attendance at Committee meeting held during the annual conference is encouraged but not mandatory.

International Committee                  

The ICMA International Committee serves as an advisory body to the ICMA Executive Board on a range of international matters and carries out an annual charge as defined and described by the board. The committee also works to communicate the value of having an international perspective to other members of the association, state organizations, and others. The committee consists of individual ICMA members, as well as one representative from each of ICMA’s international affiliate organizations. The committee meets Sunday at the annual conference and in the spring jointly with one of ICMA's international affiliate organizations as part of an International Regional Summit. The spring meeting focuses on professional exchange and contribution to the international knowledge base. Committee members are appointed for a term of one, two, or three years.

 Knowledge Network Advisory Board                  

As the premier platform for professional networking and knowledge sharing in local government, the Knowledge Network is a major ICMA member benefit and a valuable resource for the profession. The Knowledge Network Advisory Board influences the growth of the network by helping to identify the knowledge-sharing needs of local government professionals and providing feedback on the current member experience. Advisory board members serve as leaders in the Knowledge Network community by making active contributions in their areas of expertise and encouraging colleagues to do the same. The board meets once in person at the annual conference and at least once via conference call during the year.

 Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee               

ICMA’s Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee supports the advancement of more sustainable, livable, and resilient communities by:

  • §  Promoting sustainability as a best practice of local government and a core competency of city and county management. 
  • §  Serving  as advisors, partners, peer-to-peer mentors, and advocates for creating more sustainable communities.
  • §  Assisting ICMA in expanding its portfolio of grant-funded sustainability initiatives. 

The full Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee meets at ICMA’s annual conference and quarterly by conference call. Additionally, the committee, as well as subcommittees, meet as needed for project specific purposes.


Not Included in the 2015 Call for Volunteers


STRATEGIC PLANNING TASK FORCE                               

The task force is responsible for developing an actionable strategic plan that describes the organization's strategies for achieving its vision and mission and how they should be implemented.  As part of its work, the task force will be responsible for: 

  • Understanding the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Understanding the organization’s core competencies, customers, industry trends, advances in technology and other long term factors.
  • Developing a common understanding of the competitive environment and ICMA’s response to that environment.
  • Assessing what is considered the value provided by ICMA to customers.
  • Identifying critical strategic issues facing the organization.
  • Analyzing alternative strategic options.
    • Providing recommendations on major programs and services and opportunities to improve the scope of services provided.
    • Establishing measurable goals and time targets.  

The strategic planning task force will be comprised of approximately 40 volunteers with a chair, a vice-chair, and a facilitator. Committee members will represent the general membership, academia, the various state and affiliate associations, international affiliates, and strategic partners.  

The task force will launch its efforts with an in person meeting in May or June at a location to be determined.  The task force members will pay for their own transportation and housing costs. ICMA will pay for meeting expenses related to facilitation costs, food and beverages during the meeting and staff time. A stipend of up to $250 will be provided for those requiring assistance upon review by the ICMA Executive Director. Virtual and other fact to face meetings will be scheduled as needed.  The final report will be delivered to the ICMA Executive Board in December 2016.

Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness within the Profession                     

The ICMA 2008 Strategic Plan outlines the profession’s commitment to diversity as a Core Belief: “Ensuring that local governments and the association reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.” Over the past several years, ICMA members have participated in a variety of efforts intended to help identify how the profession can work toward better reflecting the communities we serve. The next step in the process is to combine thoughts and recommendations into an action plan for the association. This initiative will result in a series of short- and long-term recommendations to the ICMA Executive Board designed to help achieve the membership’s core value of being an inclusive association and profession. The task force will meet during the Charlotte conference and virtually during the year with a final report presented to the executive board at the Seattle conference in 2015.

Life, Well Run Advisory Committee                 

The Life, Well Run Advisory Committee reviews and provides feedback on the member engagement activities of the campaign. This short-term committee includes representatives from various-sized communities and ensures members are comfortable with the level of involvement needed. The committee will serve as a sounding board to test ideas for member implementation at the state and/or local level. Consisting of 8-10 ICMA members, the committee will meet virtually three or four times in 2014 and 2015.


Roles, Expectations, and Responsibilities for ICMA Member Task Force/Committee Chairs (doc, 27 KB)

Roles, Expectations, and Responsibilities for ICMA Member Task Force/Committee Members (doc, 28 KB)

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