IHN is seeking volunteers to serve on committees that focus on activities that further the IHN mission. Any IHN member may serve on a committee. Committees provide networking opportunities, skill development that enhances experience and opportunity to serve on the IHN board of directors, and the opportunity to work in other ICMA affiliates including NFBPA, Women Leading Government and many other organizations. Please contact the chair or co-chair if you would like to serve in any capacity. You may also contact Karen Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 221 – 8458.
The committee promotes the organization through various outreach efforts, including social media, internet and printed publications; assists with the development of promotional brochures and other media to market IHN; prepares routine communications to the membership; monitors and updates website with current information; works with other committees to develop enhancements to the website; and coordinates articles for ICMA newsletter and PM Magazine and other national publications.
Fund Development & Legacy Council
The Immediate Past President chairs the committee. The committee assists with formulating and implementing organizational income strategies to support regional events; national conferences and events, including the annual dinner at the ICMA conference; scholarships/stipends to assist young professionals attend regional and national events; and IHN operations. The committee assists in identifying potential sponsors, with staff providing specific follow-up.
Chair Magda A. González, City Manager, City of Half Moon Bay, CA
The Vice President for Membership chairs the committee. The committee develops an annual strategy for individual and institutional membership recruitment and renewals; currently developing a process for creating formal IHN chapters; creating a strategy to expand the number of IHN chapters in all regions; and recommends annual dues structure to the IHN Board of Directors.
Chair Raymond H. Gonzales, Interim County Manager, Adams County, CO
Programs & Conference Planning Committee
The Vice President for Programs chairs the committee. The committee provides for professional development, including support in the development of regional/national events and workshops; provides support to the Communications Committee to provide access to resources on the IHN website; currently working on enhancements to the IHN Madrinas/Padrinos coaching program; develops conference sessions for presentation at the ICMA, National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and other national conferences; currently developing professional development webinars with NFBPA; and plans the annual dinner at the ICMA conference.
Assists the Vice President of Programs with the development of professional development opportunities.
Chair Maria Hurtado, Assistant City Manager, City of Oxnard, CA
The President appoints the chair of the committee. The committee is comprised of practitioners and academics. The committee is developing strategies to increase the number of practitioners in the classroom and to increase the number of people of color in the local government profession. In 2017, the committee is preparing a panel discussion to be presented at the NASPAA conference October 10-13 and the ICMA conference October 22-25. Future presentations will include ASPA and NFBPA. The committee is also working with NFBPA to identify mutual issues for research in partnership with universities; identifying IHN members to serve as liaisons to ICMA university chapters; and developing strategies to link students to the IHN Madrinas/Padrinos coaching program.
C0-Chair Magda A. González, City Manager, City of Half Moon Bay, CA
Co-Chair Daniel Alfonso, City Manager, Miami, FL
Civic Engagement Recognition
The award recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate insightful and sustained change in their communities through inclusive civic engagement practices. The goal is to identify best practices for civic engagement in local governments. The committee is comprised of three members selected by the board of directors.
Chair Claudia Lujan, Senior Human Resources Administrator, City of San Antonio, TX
The Immediate Past President or appointee of the IHN President chairs the committee. The committee initiates the annual nomination and election process; identifies and prepares potential candidates for the IHN and ICMA boards; assists potential candidates with preparing to serve on the IHN and ICMA boards; submits the slate of officers to the board; and recommends candidates to fill vacancies that occur during the year.