Message from the Executive Director

Actions ICMA is taking on racial equity and social justice.

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ICMA currently offers local government ethics training.

 

ICMA has made a focused commitment to Race, Equity, and Social Justice in all forms, as a means to achieving thriving communities. ICMA works to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community.

Mission

Creating better communities around the world begins with a commitment to social justice and equity. ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflect the diversity of the people we serve. We work to mitigate the effects of bias in all areas of local government by developing and promoting programs and initiatives in the areas of service delivery, hiring practices, leadership development, community engagement, and workplace culture. ICMA works to drive engagement and support of members, local governments, and partnering organizations on issues related to equity, systemic racism, and social justice.

Vision

ICMA is the race, equity, and social justice thought leader in local government. Our members and their communities have these values and principles ingrained in their culture and practices.

Partners and Affiliates

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Living Cities

PolicyLink

NLC Race Equity and Leadership (REAL)

National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)

Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN)

International Network of Asian Public Administrators (I-NAPA)

CivicPRIDE

League of Women in Government

SheLeadsGov

Contact Us

Have questions, comments and/or content to share? Contact us at speakup@icma.org.

ICMA Executive Board Statement Regarding Systemic Racism

At its June 2020 meeting, the ICMA Executive Board approved a statement on systemic racism along with initial action steps.

Declaration of Ideals

ICMA was founded with a commitment to the preservation of the values and integrity of representative local government and local democracy and a dedication to the promotion of efficient and effective management of public services. To fulfill the spirit of this commitment, ICMA works to maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in local government, to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community. Read more.

Moral and Ethical Leadership

ICMA Code of Ethics: The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.

It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference.

The Seven Leadership Qualities for Times of Civic Disruption

Leaders at all levels can instill trust in our democratic systems.

Strengthening Your Moral Compass to Overcome Ethical Roadblocks

Integrating shared values between your personal and professional life builds integrity. [PM magazine, March 2020]

The Importance of Ethical Leadership and Moral Courage in Public Management

It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference between success or failure. [PM magazine, March 2020]

Equity and Social Justice

Ideals for the profession. [PM magazine, August 2020]

Black Leadership in Local Government

SheLeadsGov

A day of inspiration presented by ICMA and the League of Women in Government, sponsored by Cigna.

Conversations with Courageous Leaders

LATEST RESOURCES

Cohort is brought together to share insights with ICMA and each other and to build a

ICMA / Kettering Foundation / National Civic League

Part of the Ask an ICMA Manager series.

Ideals for the profession [PM Magazine, August 2020]

Equity and Inclusion in the Profession

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Since 1974, with the first Task Force on Women in the Profession, ICMA

ICMA International Affiliates are tackling issues of equity and inclusion in cities across...

An overview of women members of ICMA.

In this episode, past president Karen Pinkos explains the proposed changes and what they...

ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflects the diversity...

New Award Category Enhances the ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards Program

Local government managers actively addressing social and racial inequity in their...

Blog Posts

How customer journey mapping can enhance service delivery.

How local government managers can help create public spaces that provide a sense of community and belonging.

Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Social Justice and Equity

Upcoming Supreme Court case may make it more difficult for city councils and county boards to censure unruly members.

As a local government leader, you should focus on your own journey to success and happiness. When you get there, reach back down and lend a helping hand.

The challenge of reopening schools for in-person learning during COVID-19 has created space for innovation by school districts and communities.

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News

Members are encouraged to reach out and contact their colleagues in transition with advice and support.

Eligible cities and counties can now apply for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Congratulations to these recently retired ICMA members who have been granted Life membership.

Congratulations to these ICMA members, who have recently retired from the profession.

New applications for Full (voting) membership—newly joined, transfers in status (membership upgrades), and reinstatements.

Vote for Regional Vice Presidents

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