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The 2022 ICMA Equity Summit will take place July 28-29, 2022

Equity is everyone’s business, whether you are a manager in local government, DEI professional, or doing the work without the title. This two-day event that will take deep dives on everything equity from allocations to zones where attendees can expect inspiration and encouragement to move from discourse to action, by learning from committed local government equity leaders who  push forward on these profound issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, as well as foster these relationships in a virtual environment.

Key Takeaways

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Learn about internal and external equity and inclusion challenges, solutions, and  tools. 
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Support themselves and  peers  through shared chief equity officer challenges.
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Be Inspired
Be inspired by presenters, panelists, and keynotes.
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Download checklists, tools, publications,  resources,  and videos from our Equity  Briefcase. 
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Explore topics of racial equity,  accountability,  and skills - building  for driving a more inclusive and equitable culture throughout  your  communities.   
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Connect with colleagues  during networking  sessions. 

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Preliminary Schedule of Events

We’ll unpack pressing topics so that you have the tools and know-how to empower your staff and community.

Day 1, Thursday, July 28
TIME (All times are ET) EVENT
11:00am – 11:10am


Troy Brown, ICMA-CM, ICMA President and City Manager, Moorpark, CA

11:10am – 12:00pm

Keynote: Two Years After George Floyd: How Do You Sustain Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government?

Leon Andrews, President and CEO, Equal Measure
12:00pm – 12:15pm Break

12:15pm – 1:15pm

CEO Track

Equity Mapping and Public Participation: Meeting Residents Where They Are
Cities, towns, and counties are increasingly looking for solutions to help identify inequities in their communities while simultaneously improving their civic outreach practices to achieve greater representation and inclusion in all areas of public participation. The use of equity mapping and having the ability to measure and visualize social and economic data provides communities with empowering information that can accelerate their equity efforts. Join this session as we explore how local governments can use equity mapping to address racial equity and improve civic outreach practices to achieve greater representation and inclusion in all areas of public participation.

Key Takeaways:

  • What equity mapping means and how you can put it into practice.
  • How you can increase public participation with the underrepresented residents in your community through the power of equity mapping.
  • A tool that can help you track how your public engagement efforts impact Environmental Justice (EJ) and historically disenfranchised communities.


Siri Russell, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Graham Stone, Co-Founder and Vice President, PublicInput, Raleigh, NC

12:15pm – 1:15pm

CAO Track

Promoting Tribal City/County Relations
Understand why tribal relations can help your community, even if your community does not have much (if any) interaction with another tribal government or nation.

  • Learn what might be the barriers to building and fostering (better) tribal relationships.
  • Explore methods to build relationships with tribal nations and governments, through the examination of successful tribal-city-county cooperation interactions.

Dr. Mitchell Berg, City Administrator, Mahnomen, MN and Associate Director to the Veden Center for Rural Engagement/Economic Development, University of Minnesota Crookston

1:15pm – 1:30pm Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm

General Session

Backed by Budget: Getting Better Budget Proposals to Truly Advance Equity

Chris Fabian, Co-founder, RESOURCEX, Denver, Colorado 

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm

CEO Track

ICMA Equity Toolkit Preview

ICMA Toolkit Subcommittee

2:45pm – 3:45pm

CAO Track

Breaking the Barriers: Pathways for Success
Success starts with curiosity, talent and drive. Hard work and determination helps advance careers but along the way it’s the people who walk the talk and set the example for the next generation. Join this panel session to hear best practices for creating succession plans to build a more inclusive leadership team through strategic relationships and leveraging personal networks.


David Ellis, ICMA-CM, County Manager, County of Wake, Wake, NC
Tammi Saddler Jones, ICMA-CM, City Manager, South Fulton, Atlanta, GA

Moderator: Carmela Makabali, Internal Product Manager, Leadership Connect

3:45pm – 4:45pm

CEO Track

Partnering for Equitable Economic Development


Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Norfolk, VA Frankie Clogston, Vice President of Knowledge Management Development, International Economic Development Council
Zytha Kock, Economic Development Associate, International Economic Development Council

3:45pm – 4:45pm

CAO Track

Polarity Management

Martin Carcasson, Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, Founder and Director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation



Day 2, Friday, July 29
TIME (All times are ET) EVENT

11:00am – 12:00pm

CEO Track

Defining Equity


Dorla Bonner, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kalamazoo, MI
Jonathan Butler, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Tulsa Authority for Economic Development, Tulsa, OK
Siri Russell, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Norfolk, VA

11:00am – 12:00pm

CAO Track

Strength Through Diversity - Promote Equity and Inclusion Through Leadership – Lessons Learned From the Military
Veterans and their families represent a small piece of all communities. The military – one of the most diverse employee pools in America – enlists people of different race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and national origin - and requires them to work as a team. Those who have served in the military have a variety of functional skill sets, an abundance of leadership training and development, undeniable patience and perseverance, and true deep dedication to the mission, task at hand and organization. Join our panel of local government professionals to discuss why Veterans are a Federally protected class and learn how their unique perspective can improve the organizations they work for.


Benjamin Effinger, former Air Force SSG and current Operations Chief, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector
Kaci Fullerton, former Army CPT, Town Clerk for Truro, MA
Cedric Grant, President Grant Management Group, former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor; MAJ (RET)

12:00pm – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:15pm

General Session

Advancing DEI: How affinity groups and professional organizations leverage each other’s connections and resources
Affinity groups exist to foster growth and development its membership, thereby enhancing diversity in local government organizations. What benefit comes from linking with other affinity groups? Does it create competition between affinity groups? In this session, you will learn the history of the affinity groups on the panel, the common and different goals each had in forming; at what point each group started reaching out to others; and provide ideas for listeners who have or are initiating DEI efforts in their own organizations.


Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN): Andrea Alicoate, Diversity & Special Projects Manager, Mesa, AZ
CivicPRIDE: Pam Davis, Assistant City Manager, Boulder, CO
National Forum for Black Public Administrator(NFBPA): Cheryl Orr, Co-Managing Director, Institute for Excellence in Public Service
League of Women in Government: Kimberly Richardson
ICMA Veterans: Darrin Tangeman, ICMA-CM, Town Manager, Town of Truro, MA

Moderator: Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager, Austin, TX

1:15pm – 2:15pm

CEO Track

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Steve Ruger, Deputy City Manager, Rio Rancho, NM

1:15pm – 2:15pm

CAO Track

Embedding Equity in Your Charter


Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, The Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH
Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League, Denver, CO
Mark Washington, City Manager, Grand Rapids, MI

2:15pm – 2:30pm Break


General Session

Courageous Conversation: Doing the Work While White


James Bennett, ICMA-CM, City Manager, Biddeford, ME
Aimee Kane, Equity Program Manager, Boulder, CO
Phillip Smith-Hanes, ICMA-CM, County Administrator, County of Saline, Salina, KS

Moderator: Marc Ott, ICMA CEO/Executive Director


Immediately Following the General Session

Connection and Conversation Huddles

Talent Acquisition: Challenges with Equity and Inclusion

Equity Officer Real Talk

Meet the Speakers

From equity and inclusion experts to visionary thought leaders, our speakers provide fresh perspectives and bold takeaways for moving the needle forward.

Keynote Speakers

Troy Brown, ICMA-CM

ICMA President
City Manager, City of Moorpark, California

Marc Ott

ICMA CEO/Executive Director

Leon Andrews

President and CEO, Equal Measure

Education Session Speakers

* denotes member of ICMA Equity Officer Cohort

** denotes member of ICMA/Kettering/NCL Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion 

Andrea Alicote*

Diversity & Special Projects Manager
City of Mesa, Arizona

Rey Arellano

Assistant City Manager
City of Austin, Texas

James Bennett, ICMA-CM**

City Manager
City of Biddeford, Maine

Dr. Mitchell Berg

City Administrator
City of Mahnomen, Minnesota
Associate Director, to the Veden Center for Rural Engagement/Economic Development, University of Minnesota Crookston

Dorla Bonner*

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
City of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jonathon Butler*

Senior Vice President
Community Development Tulsa Authority for Economic Development
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Martin Carcasson

Professor, Colorado State University
Founder and Director of the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation
Fort Collins, Colorado

Frankie Clogston, PhD

Vice President of Knowledge Management and Development
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Benjamin M. Effinger, MPA

Operations Chief, Public Service Division
County of Los Angeles
Glendora, California

David Ellis, ICMA-CM

County Manager
County of Wake, Raleigh, North Carolina

Chris Fabian

Co-founder, RESOURCEX
Denver, Colorado

Randi Johl*, JD, MMC, CDE

Legislative Director / City Clerk
Temecula, California

Aimee Kane*

Equity Program Manager
City of Boulder, Colorado

Zytha Kock

Economic Development Associate
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Valerie Lemmie**

Director of Exploratory Research
The Kettering Foundation
Dayton, Ohio

Doug Linkhart**

National Civic League
Denver, Colorado

Carmela Makabali

Internal Product Manager
Leadership Connect
Washington, DC

Cheryl D. Orr, MSW, IPMA-SCP

Insight HR Partners
Co-Managing Director, Institute for Excellence in Public Service, National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Manisha Paudel*

Chief Equity Officer
City of Des Moines, Iowa

Steve Ruger*,**

Deputy City Manager
City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Siri Russell*

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Tammi Saddler Jones, ICMA-CM

City Manager
City of South Fulton, Atlanta, Georgia

Socorro Shiels*

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Officer
City of Santa Rosa, California

Aleea Slappy-Wilson*

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
City of Norfolk, Virginia

Phillip Smith-Hanes*

County Administrator
County of Saline, Salina, Kansas

Graham Stone

Co-Founder and Vice President
Raleigh, North Carolina

Elaine Wang

City Manager
City of Winooski, Vermont

Mark Washington**

City Manager
City of Grand Rapids, Michigan


Attendee Category Best Value Rate
ICMA Member $99
ICMA Member - Group $84
Non-Member $199
Non-Member - Group $170

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Digital Platform

On Monday, July 25, attendees will receive their login credentials to the digital platform via email from mobilesolutions@chime.live

Attendees who register on or after July 25 will receive their login credentials within 24 hours or sooner. 

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