A message to the membership from ICMA President Lon Pluckhahn, ICMA-CM, deputy city manager, Vancouver, Washington, at the 2023 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.

“We must be able to share our stories and build understanding.”

At the 2023 ICMA Annual Conference, incoming ICMA President Lon Pluckhahn set forth his platform, which emphasizes mental health and well-being. Priorities for the upcoming year are equity, governance, global strategy, and an updated ICMA strategic plan. Pluckhahn also talked about the importance of sharing our stories so that we can build understanding: “We build our best relationships and forge a stronger ICMA when we truly see each other’s authentic selves.” Listen to his story and hear the charge he sets forth for ICMA members as we move forward.




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