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ICMA maintains close ties to state-based associations of local government professionals through its regional Relationship Management efforts and dedicated ICMA Liaison Program. ICMA strives to closely align its work with states and affiliates, and to measure progress over time. Formal affiliation agreements between state associations, affiliate groups, and ICMA offer a tool for documenting where and how we work together, and how we can build on key strategic initiatives of mutual benefit, setting specific goals in collaboration with ICMA.

The purpose of these affiliate relationships is twofold:
  • To reinforce the importance and value of the relationship between ICMA and state associations, and the value of belonging to both.
  • To complement and not compete with state associations on the support and delivery of services to local government management professionals

Our goal is to complement one another's efforts, grow our respective memberships, and share resources. The affiliation agreement initiative is framed around the priorities of leadership, professional development, knowledge sharing, and membership.

Areas of specific emphasis include:
  • Ethics
  • Leadersihp and Professional Development
  • Advocacy for the Proessional
  • Membership Dvelopment, Engagement, and Support
  • ICMA Governance
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity Initiatives.

ICMA and state associations collaborate on promoting and celebrating the highest ethical standards of professional behavior, and promotion and defense of the council/manager form of government. Joint professional development activities will underscore a commitment to lifelong learning. Through advances in technology, ICMA and state associations can more effectively gather and share information, so that together we become the preeminent source of information about leadership and management of local government. ICMA is committed to highlighting to all local government professionals the value of belonging to their respective state association and to ICMA.


A key link between ICMA and our state affiliates, is our collaboration on the Life, Well Run campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities we're proud to call home.

Professional Development

ICMA also works closely with state association staff to assist with state conference program planning, ensure ICMA leadership representation at state meetings, and support the network of state staff in association management practices.

National Affiliates

ICMA has longstanding relationships with five national affiliates with the most recent addition of ELGL, Engaging Local Government Leaders.

The ICMA Relationship Management Team

To identify your key staff and ICMA Executive Board contacts, use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory.

  • Fifteen ICMA Executive Board Regional Vice Presidents, members of the ICMA Executive Board, serve as board liaisons to states in their respective regions and to our national affiliates. Three vice presidents are elected from each of ICMA's five geographic regions within the United States and serve three-year terms.  During each ICMA annual conference, they divide the states in their regions so that each state association has a single vice president as its primary liaison.  Vice presidents are available as key contacts within the states they serve to help bring forward policy issues from the membership and state organizations. When their other duties allow, vice presidents also travel to state meetings in their states to represent ICMA in person and to provide updates on ICMA activities and priorities.
  • In all of ICMA's five U.S. regions, ICMA has Regional Directors in place who have long tenures as managers in the region and who also served in their state association leadership.

-Midwest Regional Director, Cheryl Hilvert (

-Mountain Plains Regional Director, Karen Daly (

-Northeast Regional Director, Patricia A. Vinchesi (

-Southeast Regional Director, Randall (Randy) Reid (

-West Coast Regional Director, Pat Martel (

  • Ten ICMA Liaisons, ICMA members with long tenures as managers in a state, are currently serving as state liaisons and primary contacts for 11 states.  Each state liaison’s primary contact is the state president or state association staff person. Liaisons work with these individuals to provide updates on ICMA, coordinate ICMA workshops at state meetings, obtain updates on issues that the state association is facing, and are available to meet the specific needs of the state's members.

The State Leadership / Liaison Directory is a quick reference tool providing a summary of ICMA Liaisons and ICMA board regional vice presidents who serve as board liaisons to states.

Ongoing Communication

As an added vehicle for information sharing, ICMA publishes Membership Monday, a weekly e-newsletter for state and affiliate association officers, staff, and others interested in cooperation among local government management associations.