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  • ICMA Coaching: Talent Management in the 21st Century: Growing, Attracting, and Retaining Your Best

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 1:30 PM (EST)

    Learn best practices on how to attract, and retain employees.

    The days when employees were hired right out of college and stayed with the same company until they retired are long gone, and yet many organizations still follow the same talent management process from thirty years ago. Organizations must re-imagine best practices for  attracting, growing, and retaining talent in this age of technological advancement.


    • 1. How can organizations attract and retain talent?
    • 2. Should talent be grown from within the organization?
    • 3. Is there a lack of clear guidance and general objectives about talent management in the Human Resources field?

    We'll be using webinar tools (including real-time questions and live polling) to make this a great opportunity for audience interaction.

    ICMA-CM: This webinar meets Practice 13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement) of ICMA’s Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership

    Can't attend? Register and receive an automatic e-mail notice when the recording is available. 

    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner

  • ICMA Coaching: Charting Your Future: Developing Your Personal Strategic Plan

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/22/2020 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    Keep your focus on what is important by creating a Personal Strategic Plan

    Life is busy and it is easy to lose track of what is important during the chaos of juggling the roles of manager, spouse, parent, and community member.   A personal strategic plan can help keep your life in balance and keep you focused on what is truly important to you.


    • 1. What are the components of a personal strategic plan?
    • 2. How can developing a personal strategic plan make me more successful?
    • 3. What are tools to accomplish the goals of a strategic plan?

    We'll be using webinar tools (including real-time questions and live polling) to make this a great opportunity for audience interaction.

    ICMA-CM: This webinar meets Practice 5 (Personal Resiliency and Development) of ICMA’s Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership

    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.

    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner

  • Effective HR Policies and Procedures for the 'New Normal'

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/10/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar you'll hear how local governments have modified their HR policies and procedures in the wake of COVID-19, and learn how to implement the most effective changes in your own workplace.

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced virtually every local government in the country to drastically alter their normal HR policies, procedures, and processes, and the recent upsurge of cases suggests that these changes may need to remain in place for the indefinite future. On the bright side, the past few months have given us a much better idea of which of these changes have been the most useful, and how they can be most effectively implemented.

    In this webinar, you'll join human resources experts Carol Granfield, ICMA-CM and Sandy Stapczynski as they discuss the innovative ways local governments have modified their organizational policies and practices in the wake of the pandemic, and share examples that you can apply to your own workplace. They will cover:

    • Modifications to employee hiring and departure procedures
    • Model telework policies
    • How to evaluate your staff's performance remotely

    Practices Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [8] Policy Facilitation and Implementation; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    In recognition of the hard work and selfless service of the local government community during these uniquely challenging times, we are offering a discount on webinar registration rates. Enter the code PSAD2020 during checkout to get $50 off the price of this webinar.

    Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM

    Principal Consultant, Municipal Resources, Inc.

    Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM , is principal consultant for Municipal Resources, Inc. She has 38 years of public sector management experience and seven years private sector experience. Carol has served in town administrator/manager positions in New England and also as director of administration in Herndon, Virginia, and personnel director in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Carol’s expertise in human resources and labor relations includes the establishment of personnel policies, organizational studies, wage, classification and benefit studies and union negotiations.

    Carol is co-author of the newly released ICMA e-book, "Performance Appraisal Fundamentals: A Quick Guide to Fair, Consistent, and Useful Performance Appraisals."

    Aleksandra (Sandy) Stapczynski

    Founder and President, Human Resources Services, Inc.

    Aleksandra (Sandy) Stapczynski, is founder and president of Human Resources Services, Inc. (HRS), a small woman-owned business located in the greater Boston area. HRS is a major provider of HR Consulting Services, particularly pay/classification/performance, to local governments in Massachusetts.

    With nearly 30 years of experience providing technical assistance to local governments in key areas of human resource management, she and her associates provide consultancy services to hundreds of New England cities, towns, school districts, counties, regional agencies, and state agencies. Sandy is co-author of the newly released ICMA e-book, Performance Appraisal Fundamentals: A Quick Guide to Fair, Consistent, and Useful Performance Appraisals. She is a contributor to ICMA’s Human Resource Management in Local Government: An Essential Guide (1st, 2nd, 3rdEditions) and has also authored an ICMA IQ Management Report on Staffing and Utilization Studies.

    She has served as adjunct professor and guest speaker at colleges/universities in the Boston area. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Suffolk University.

  • ICMA Coaching: Managing Hostility in Public Discourse to Create Effective Public Engagement: Living in an Age of anger and Getting Things Done

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/09/2020 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to avoid anger and have productive conversations about difficult subjects.

    Our Nation was built upon the right to express our opinions, and with social media, peaceful “protests” and other civic communication platforms, our community members seem to regularly be doing just that!  It seems that we have lost the ability to have differing opinions, treat everyone with respect and courtesy and work toward creative solutions to our community needs and challenges.  Anger with situations and frustration over processes have become commonplace in today’s world and has left many local government managers wondering how to manage the differing opinions and behaviors of our community and channel the passion into effective decision making for our communities.  However, effective community engagement requires that we “listen” to a variety of opinions, not just the angry ones or the “usual suspects.”.  A few simple strategies can help increase the ability to have a productive conversation, ensure community voices are heard in your decision making  and ensure that the decisions made will address the needs of the community and “stick” for the long haul.     
    1. What is causing hate and divisiveness in today’s politics and what tools should you have to manage differing opinions and still be able to do the work you must accomplish? 
    2. How can you manage your public meetings to encourage a diversity of opinion from a broad section of those making up your community and ensure their voices are heard?   
    3. More importantly, how can you assure your community members that you are listening and use their important feedback in creating meaningful decisions?   

    We'll be using webinar tools (including real-time questions and live polling) to make this a great opportunity for audience interaction.

    ICMA-CM: This webinar meets Practice 2 (Community Engagement) of ICMAs Practices for Effective Government Leadership

    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.

    This webinar is sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner

  • ICMA Coaching: 2020 Coaching Webinars Package

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Sign up for all six FREE live webinars spotlighting best practices featuring local government professionals and experts -- invite your whole team to participate!

    ICMA Coaching Program webinars are opportunities for local government professionals of all career stages to learn about new and leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field. The six Webinars are:

    Workplace Conduct: How to Deal With Water Cooler Talk

    Managing and Mastering Council-Staff Relationships: The Nuance of Governance

    Lessons in Value-Based Leadership: Leading With Principle

    Managing Hostility in Public Discourse: Living in an Age of Anger

    Charting Your Future: Developing Your Personal Strategic Plan

    Talent Management in the 21st Century: Growing, Attracting, an Retaining Your Best

    Participation in this free coaching webinar series qualifies for ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program credit.

    Can't attend? Register and receive an automatic e-mail notice when the recording is available. 

  • 2020 Effective Supervisory Practices Webinar Series

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Back by popular demand is ICMA University's Effective Supervisory Practices Webinar Series. Based on the ICMA bestseller, this six-part webinar series is an opportunity to bring practical supervisory training to your jurisdiction without the high costs of hiring consultants.

    This six-part webinar series will demonstrate the principles covered in Effective Supervisory Practices (5th edition) and its companion study guide. Designed as a primer for new supervisors, this series is a must for any jurisdiction looking to lead change, improve customer service, or strengthen communication between supervisors and staff. Below is the updated schedule for the course:

    • Session 1: The Foundation: Roles of a Supervisor/Supervisory Leadership and Ethics (Chapters 1, 2, 3): Thursday, September 3
    • Session 2: The HR Stuff: Ensuring a Safe, Respectful, Harassment-Free Workplace (Chapters 14, 15): Thursday, September 17
    • Session 3: Sharpening Your Focus: Strategic Planning, Managing Workflow, and Budgeting (Chapters 4, 5, 6): Thursday, October 1
    • Session 4: Raising the Bar: Motivating Employees and Customer Service (Chapters 12, 16): Thursday, October 15
    • Session 5: The People Part: Hiring and Onboarding, Fostering Accountability, Evaluating Performance (Chapters 9, 10, 11): Thursday, October 29
    • Session 6: The Great Communicator: Team Building, Communicating, Leading Change (Chapters 7, 8, 13): Thursday, November 12

    Each 90-minute session will begin at 1:00 PM EST.

    REQUIRED READING: Effective Supervisory Practices, 5th Edition and Effective Supervisory Skill Building Study Guide (book prices are $84/member; $110/nonmember). To order, please call 1-888-280-2370 or send an e-mail to All sales must be prepaid with credit card or check, and all sales are final (no returns accepted unless the publication has been damaged in shipping).

    • Features: 
    • Longer on-demand access (now 6 months instead of 3)
    • Easy-to-use platform
    • Seamless audio
    • Enhanced polling
    • Session quizzes

    This registration page is for single log-ins only. For more information about purchasing individual logins for multiple staff members, please visit this page.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [1] Personal and Professional Integrity; [4] Staff Effectiveness; [5] Personal Resiliency and Development; [6] Strategic Leadership; [7] Strategic Planning; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement; [14] Communication and Information Sharing

  • Building and Maintaining an Equity Mindset in Local Government

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/28/2020

    This free webinar will discuss the present and future of equity work with ideas on challenges, experiences, and tools for how to build equity programs.

    The time to address systemic inequality through deliberative equity programming in local government is now. Specifically, as events have shown, again and again, it is imperative to address racial inequity, in all facets of local government. As local governments sharpen their existing focus on social justice and racial equity or want to explore how to start, ICMA is hosting a 90-minute webinar on how to implement, manage, and maintain an equity-focused mindset in organizations. The webinar will feature equity professionals in the local government, focusing on the present and future of equity work with ideas on challenges, experiences, and tools for how to build equity programs.

    Topics we will cover:

    • What is a chief equity officer?
    • Implementing an equity focus with a small budget and staff
    • Benefits of having an equity mindset in local government
    • Challenges equity ambassadors overcome
    • Getting support/resources (buy-in) from leadership (governing body, CAO, department heads, etc.)
    • Doing this work in big and small communities
    • Identifying your top equity issues (where are the biggest challenges)
    • Overcoming community challenges (leadership is interested, but the public isn’t)

    Jonathan Butler

    Equity Manager

    Jonathan Butler is currently serving as an Equity Manager for the City of San Antonio. Tasked with supporting the success of the Office of Equity and the successful implementation of equity initiatives citywide, Jonathan works to promote and measure the impact of social justice policies, practices and procedures throughout City departments.

    Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Jonathan’s lifelong interest in public service led him to Chattanooga, TN to join the Department of Economic and Community Development as an Affordable Housing Specialist where he worked to establish policies and initiatives to preserve and produce affordable housing. He also helped create Chattanooga’s Land Bank Authority, and was later promoted to Manager of the Neighborhood Services and Development Division, a position that maximized his 20 years of experience cultivating relationships with diverse constituencies and his ability to bring people together to solve problems.

    As a seasoned attorney, his experience includes serving as Managing Attorney of two multi-million dollar practice groups, working with for profit and non-profit entities on increasing organizational capacity, issues-based advocacy, messaging and communications, diversity and anti-harassment training, and employee dispute resolution. He has created workforce incentive programs, implemented 360 degree performance evaluations for team leaders, supervisors, and attorneys, and assisted with the strategic planning, recruitment, and the successful procurement of multi-state contracts.

    Jonathan has received awards from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, and is an inaugural member of the Urban League’s Inclusion by Design executive leadership training program and the Leadership Tennessee Next Program. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in English and served as the Emory Alumni Board President. He also received his Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law, and is a licensed attorney in Virginia and Georgia. Jonathan is a gifted public speaker, avid golfer, lover of live music, and a poet known to occasionally grace the microphone at local spoken word events.

    Anita Jones-McNair

    Director of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources/Race and Equity Officer, Town of Carrboro, North Carolina

    Since 2003, Anita has been Director of Recreation Parks and Cultural Resources for Carrboro, NC and more recently appointed the Town’s Race and Equity Officer having the distinct pleasure of serving in both roles.  Carrboro is a member of GARE (Government Alliance for Race and Equity) and Anita serves as the Town’s Lead.  She is a Board member for the National Recreation and Parks Ethnic Minority Society and serves on the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.  Prior to moving to North Carolina, she worked in Dallas and Plano, TX tasked with related work.  The majority of her career has been in local government improving the quality of life for citizens.  She takes pride in finding solutions to improve community services and engagement looking through a racial equity lens.  

    Karen Pinkos

    City Manager, City of El Cerrito, CA; ICMA Past President

    Karen Pinkos is the City Manager for the City of El Cerrito. A native of Michigan, Karen has over 20 years of experience in professional management, beginning her public sector career in the City of Oak Park, Michigan before joining El Cerrito in 2001. She is passionate about local government and is dedicated to promoting professional, efficient, ethical management in California, across the country, and around the world.

    Siri Russell

    Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Albemarle County, VA

    Siri Russell is the inaugural Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for Albemarle County, VA.  Russell partners with other local government departments, community organizations, and individuals to promote inclusive community and equitable access to public services by creating alignment between equity & inclusion and the operations of the organization. 

  • City Health Dashboard: Using Data to Guide Your Jurisdiction's COVID-19 Response

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/23/2020

    In this webinar, you'll learn how to use the City Health Dashboard's Local Risk Index to gather the data you need to effectively respond to COVID-19.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed communities across the U.S. As of June 2020, COVID-19 is known to have infected over 2.3 million people in the U.S., resulting in over 120,000 deaths. Coping with COVID has become a local issue, with city and state leaders working to protect and care for those most vulnerable while exploring ways to safely re-open cities.

    Policymakers need granular data to guide their response to COVID by identifying patterns in their communities, targeting resources where they are most needed, and advocating for more federal and state funding to manage the virus and its impact. In this webinar, join the City Health Dashboard to hear about their new COVID Local Risk Index, a new measure of COVID risk and severity for cities - and neighborhoods within them-that provides this needed granular data. 

    • Learn about and understand the Dashboard’s COVID Local Risk Index, its components and uses
    • Learn how the COVID Local Risk Index can help identify vulnerable neighborhoods in your city.
    • Explore trends in COVID risk across cities and states
    • Use the Index to capture disparities in COVID risk within cities.

    Benjamin Spoer

    Manager of Metrics and Analytics, City Health Dashboard Project

    Benjamin Spoer, MPH, PHD (rhymes with door) manages the data team at the City Health Dashboard and lead the development of the COVID Local Risk Index. Dr. Spoer received his MPH from Columbia University and PhD from NYU’s College of Global Public Health. He is a spatial epidemiologist who uses geospatial methods and data to explore core public health and social justice issues – health equity, racial/ethnic health disparities, and others—through an explicitly spatial lens. When not mulling maps Dr. Spoer tries to cultivate an emotional relationship with his three extremely reluctant cats. 

    Emily Hunt-Hinojosa

    Director of Research and Community Impact, Prosper Waco

    Emily Hunt-Hinojosa is the Director of Research and Community Impact for Prosper Waco,  a collective impact initiative focused on addressing issues facing the Greater Waco community in the areas of education, health and financial security. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Baylor University specializing in community analytics, as well as an M.A. in sociology from Baylor University and a M.A. in higher education and student development from Taylor University. 

  • The Two Pandemics: Systemic Racism and COVID-19

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    In this webinar you'll learn about the relationship between systemic racism and adverse public health outcomes, and how COVID-19 has placed this link in stark relief.

    This 90-minute webinar will feature subject matter experts from local government who will share  Information on the disparate impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC* communities and the longstanding racial disparities that have led to systemic and structural inequity.

    Key Takeaways:

    • A better understanding of the historical context and the underlying causes of health disparities for BIPOC
    • How to start and sustain a productive conversation within your organization
    • How to move beyond conversation to action


    • Leon Andrews, Director, REAL, Washington, DC


    • Brion Oaks, Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin, Texas
    • Serena Cruz, Executive Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation / Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Hillsboro, OR
    • Dr. Marie Peoples, Deputy County Manager / Chief Health Officer, Coconino County, Arizona
    • Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester, New York

    This collaborative event has been coordinated by:

    • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
    • Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN)
    • National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
    • National League of Cities: Race, Equity And Leadership (NLC REAL)
    • International Network of Asian Pacific Administrators (I-NAPA)
    • National Association of County Administrators (NACA)

    *Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

    Leon Andrews

    Director, Race, Equity, And Leadership Program (REAL), National League of Cities

    Leon T. Andrews, Jr. is the first director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Program. He was appointed to this position in 2014. Leon previously served as the senior fellow and program director for NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. For eight years, he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning.

    Before joining NLC, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years, including the United States Department of Justice, the office of United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Leon also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He is a published author, a presenter at several conferences and other forums both nationally and internationally. He serves on several national and local boards including ChangeLab Solutions (chair), National Recreation and Parks Association (past chair), National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the National Network for Youth.

    Leon received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews. They have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.

    Marie Peoples

    Deputy County Manager, Coconino County County, AZ

    Dr. Marie Peoples, Deputy County Manager, is charged with leading justice and human service-related departments and County-wide initiatives. Dr. Peoples strives to provide visionary leadership, developing strategies to further the County’s mission and to collaborate with leaders across County Departments and the County.  Prior to serving as Deputy County Manager, Dr. Peoples served as the Chief Health Officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District.  Her career began as a substance abuse therapist within Missouri’s correctional system and she has worked within several of Missouri’s prisons with a variety of offender demographics and rehabilitative programs. In addition, she has worked for the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Dr. Peoples serves as a member of the Coconino Community College Governing Board, was a recipient of the Emerging Leader in Rural Women’s Health award, the Gabe Zimmerman Civic Leadership award, and is a Flinn-Brown fellow. Dr. Peoples is also a proud staff member of University of Phoenix, College of Doctoral Studies and a member of the Northern Arizona University Institutional Review Board. Dr. Peoples holds a Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in Public Health Epidemiology.  Regardless of role, Dr. Peoples strives to develop innovative approaches to address social justice issues. She works to empower women, minorities, and disenfranchised populations to advocate for equality with a goal of eliminating disparities between populations.

    Serena Cruz

    Executive Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation

    Serena Cruz is Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation overseeing fundraising, public relations, advocacy and community partnership activities in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Serena is active in community organizations serving as a Trustee for The Collins Foundation, a Founders Circle and Board Member of ninety-nine girlfriends, a member of the METRO Housing Bond Oversight Committee, and as a board member for Oregon Historical Society.  She served eight years on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners representing North and Northeast Portland. Serena earned her BA at Lewis & Clark College, an MPP at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a JD at the University of California at Berkeley. 

    Lovely Ann Warren

    Mayor, Rochester, New York

    Lovely Ann Warren was sworn in as Mayor of Rochester, New York on January 1, 2014, making her the city’s first female and youngest mayor in modern times. In 2017, she was re-elected to a second, four-year term. Mayor Warren’s administrative agenda is focused on job creation, fostering safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and improving educational opportunities for Rochester’s residents. To that agenda, she brings a demonstrated ability to forge partnerships among the public, private, non-profit, academic, citizen and neighborhood sectors. Mayor Warren is committed to building a “stairway out of poverty” by achieving economic equality and closing the “middle skills gap” for city residents. She has addressed barriers to employment on a wide range of fronts, including transportation, vocational training and small-business investment. She has raised Rochester’s profile for job creators with a host of capital improvement projects, including construction of the Port of Rochester Marina, revitalization of Midtown Plaza and the conversion of the Inner Loop East Expressway to an at-grade boulevard. 

    Born and raised in the 19th Ward Neighborhood, Mayor Warren has ushered in an unprecedented level of investment in neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment, including Bulls Head, Edgerton and North Hudson Avenue.

     Rochester’s bond rating was upgraded by two Wall Street rating agencies in her first term and the ratings were re-affirmed in her second term. Rochester has the highest municipal bond rating of New York’s largest cities outside New York City. Major crime rates in the city of Rochester fell to a 30-plus-year low during her tenure, and the Rochester Fire Department achieved a Class 1 rating from the national Insurance Services Organization. 

    An advocate of school choice, Mayor Warren helped the Rochester City School District increase pre-k enrollment by 1,200 percent in 2016 and fostered partnerships to enable the screening of thousands of children for developmental delays. She eliminated library fines for children and has overseen the distribution of thousands of free books to children in the city. 

    The daughter of an immigrant and granddaughter of a sharecropper, Mayor Warren proudly continues Rochester’s legacy as a leader in human and civil rights with such actions as re-affirming Rochester’s status as a Sanctuary City, supporting living wages and providing transgender medical benefits to City employees. 

    Mayor Warren was a Rochester City Councilmember from 2007 to 2013 and was elected as President in 2010—making her the youngest President in City Council history. She has a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College and Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. She was admitted to the practice of law in 2004. She has also received a Public Leadership Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Rochester Alumnae Chapter and the Westside Church of Christ. In addition, she is a member of the African American Mayors Association board of trustees; the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities' Youth Education and Families Committee.

    Brion Oaks

    Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin, Texas

    Brion Oaks is first Chief Equity Officer for the City of Austin. Brion is responsible for working with City leadership and local communities to create an equity framework and facilitate dialogue and organizational practices that support the development and adoption of equity as a shared value.  He serves as the technical expert in addressing equity as it is applied to city wide policies, programs, practices, and budget decisions with an overall vision to make Austin the most livable city for ALL.

    Prior to his arrival to the City of Austin, Brion served as the Vice President of Health Equity for fourteen years at the American Heart Association’s Southwest Affiliate. In this capacity, he oversaw the affiliate’s department that was dedicated to improving cardiovascular health for vulnerable populations and reducing disparities in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

    Brion had a celebrated career at the American Heart Association. He was the 2009 recipient of the “Rome Betts in Health Equity” award, and in 2010 was a recipient of the national “Cass Wheeler Integration” award in recognition for his work in collaboration and integration across the American Heart Association.

    Brion earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from University of Houston and Master of Public Administration from Texas State University. Prior to his career at the American Heart Association, Oaks worked as a legislative assistant for state Rep. Dora Olivo, D-Rosenberg, and as a project coordinator for the Texas Healthy Kids Corporation and the Texas Medical Foundation.

    Throughout his career, Brion has focused on improving health outcomes for minority communities and addressing disparities in access to health care services. Oaks is on the Central Texas Diversity Council, Board of the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Healthcare Executives, and KLRU Community Advisory Board.

  • Transforming Law Enforcement to Address Public Health

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/15/2020

    Join a panel of public safety and health experts as they discuss the reallocation of police department funding to address public health issues in the wake of the recent wave of protests.

    Marchers in the street are demanding that communities re-evaluate what is being spent on policing. Are there better alternatives?

    Let’s start with the roadmaps that are out there. National law enforcement experts will discuss the 21st Century Policing report prepared by The President’s Task Force in May 2015. They will look at the history which led up to the report and cover highlights that remain applicable today.

    But for communities that want to look at reforming, improving, or “defunding” police in various tasks –  they''ll also discuss how go about it, i.e, reallocating some police resources to bring in social workers, EMS responders, mental health specialists, and other professionals able to respond to emergency calls.


    Tom Wieczorek, Director, Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM)


    Leonard Matarese,  Director, Research and Development, Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM)

    Matt Fulton, Vice President, POLCO, National Citizen Survey/National Research Center

    Chief John E. Perez, Chief of Police, City of Pasadena, California 

    Deputy Chief Wayne Hiltz, B.S., former Interim Chief of Police, Pasadena and Irwindale Police Department, California

    Matt Zavadsky, President, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)