Message from the Executive Director

Actions ICMA is taking on racial equity and social justice.

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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]

2022 ICMA Community Equity & Inclusion Award WInners

Cover of Sept 2022 magazine

Inspiring Leaders and Communities:
The ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards 2022

PM Magazine

Ideals for the profession [PM Magazine, August 2020]

The 2020 Local Government Excellence Awards Issue

Black Leadership in Local Government

Image of Sept 2021 PM cover

Equity and Inclusion

Cover of Feb 2022 PM

Elevating Your Equity Work

Cover of Sept 2022 magazine

Inspiring Leaders and Communities:
The ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards 2022

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ICMA Courageous Conversation Series

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Join us for this 90 minute webinar about how to put the American Rescue Plan Act resources to the best use possible in your communities.

How two local governments support small, minority, and women-owned businesses

Equity Summit

Join us at ICMA’s inaugural Equity Summit, Moving the Needle, a virtual learning event focused on advancing racial equity in local government. 

ICMA Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion

Kettering Foundation and the National Civic League

The application period for the 2023-24 session is open until May 31.

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ICMA / Kettering Foundation / National Civic League

ICMA EQUITY OFFICER INSTITUTE (COHORT)

Diversity Inclusion Equity

If you are committed to addressing issues of race, equity, and social justice in your local government, ICMA invites you to apply to the ICMA Equity Officer Institute.

Part of the Ask an ICMA Manager series.

With ICMA Equity Cohort member, Phillip Smith-Hanes, county administrator Saline County...

With ICMA Equity Cohort member, Kweli Rashied-Henry, racial equity officer, Durham County

RESOURCES FROM PARTNERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Resources from our partners, affiliates and other organizations, that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

Glossary of Terms

Materials from our partners, along with reports and surveys that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

A variety of tools and resources from PolicyLink.

A variety of resources from Living Cities.

Resources from our partners, affiliates and other organizations, that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

America's most detailed report card on racial and economic equity. We equip movement...

City of San Antonio Office of Equity

Leadership for a New Era Series

A variety of tools and resources from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Equity and Inclusion in the Profession

ICMA equity and inclusion logo
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.

Civid Pride partnership

Advancing equity and LGBTQIA+ participation in local government.

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

Blog Posts

Applications close 12/13/2022! Apply now to become a fellow, or host a fellow.

Identifying the three key disruptive forces that affect local governments: national politics filtering in local governance, technology/social media, and social issues.

Local governments leaving residents hanging on social just isn’t cool.

The foundation to creating that trust is listening to the community’s diverse needs and priorities and taking action in response.

While often referred to as flyover states, rural America can be the calm and example for “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Travel the world (well, state)! Meet new people! Learn a new (organizational) culture! Gain a fresh, new perspective from another local government!

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News

The City Health Dashboard is a helpful resource for making local government decisions that serve your community equitably.

It’s crucial for local governments to consider who they are trying to engage, how they are trying to engage with them, and who may be left out of the conversation.

An often overlooked and underutilized resource, the younger generation can become an important part of your community engagement strategy.

By ensuring the integrity of our elections, you make certain that all voices can be heard.

A thorn in the side of local government can become an opportunity to strengthen your community.

Two tips to help demystify community engagement, along with three ideas for engaging more effectively.

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