A look back at 2017

Happy Holidays!

As the end of 2017 approaches, we at MMANC wanted to take the opportunity to reflect, and rejoice, with you. We are a volunteer-driven organization – our organization’s continued success is due entirely to the dozens of volunteers and partners who have worked on MMANC events and activities.

In all we do, MMANC strives to live up to our mission to inspire, inform and connect local government leaders in Northern California. As we reflect on the past year, we wanted to provide you with some highlights from 2017:


In total, MMANC delivered 20 events – attracting over 1,400 participants.

  • Our four signature events continued to explore important, and timely topics facing our profession:
  1. Winter Forum: “Turning Division Into Action,” Mill Valley;
  2. Women’s Leadership Summit: “United We Serve,” Fairfield (record-breaking 295 attendees);
  3. Summer Signature Symposium: “The Language of Leadership,” Palo Alto; and
  4. Annual Conference: “The Power of We,” Napa (record-breaking 313 attendees).
  • Each of MMANC’s five Regions held a number of stellar events, such as: a Lunch and Learn series in the South Bay, a fabulous after-hours mixer in the North Bay, a discussion on CalPERS reform in Sacramento, a glimpse into the skills and qualities sought during top-level recruitment in the East Bay, and an exploration of relationships between elected and appointed officials in the San Joaquin Valley.

Programs and Services

Always looking to improve upon services to our members, MMANC engaged in a number of important program-related initiatives.

  • Completed an assessment of the Credentialed Government Leader (CGL) Program among its current program participants and program graduates – an impressive 75% response rate gave us ample feedback! Looking to 2018, MMANC will share this information with our partners and explore ways to improve the Program.
  • MMANC put together a pilot group-membership program for student chapters, aimed at promoting MMANC to those seeking to enter our profession. In the coming year, we will continue our efforts to gather feedback from local universities and colleges, and explore new opportunities to partner.
  • We delivered on our goal of providing more real-time engagement, utilizing Facebook Live to offer keynote presentations and speeches during signature events.
  • The organization maintained an active and engaged 30-member Board of Directors.

MMANC’s quality programs and services are reflected in membership growth. Our membership continues to reach new heights, with approximately 550 active members at year’s end.


Each year, Municipal Management Association of Northern California recognizes those who support the local government management profession. Awards were presented to deserving individuals and organizations at our Winter Forum and Women’s Leadership Summit events.

  • Lifetime honorary memberships were awarded to two members of our profession, Kelly McAdoo and Mark Prestwich, in recognition of their years of service to MMANC and to the municipal management profession.
  • MMANC advocated for Maria Hurtado, Assistant City Manager for the City of Hayward, in her successful application to serve as West Coast Regional Vice President for ICMA.
  • In a true demonstration of the generosity of our membership, over $1,400 in donations were raised during a gift card drive at the Annual Conference, to be donated to the individuals impacted by the recent North Bay fires.


MMANC is pleased to partner with a variety of organizations to help develop leadership in local government.

All of these great outcomes would not have been possible without the dedication of our event committee volunteers and our volunteer Board of Directors.

Looking to 2018, we are excited to build upon many of our accomplishments in 2017 while we continue to grow as an organization, serving and inspiring the municipal management profession in Northern California. Some of our goals for 2018 include:

  • Take steps necessary to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization; align our programs and services with the needs of current and emerging local government leaders;
  • Develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan to focus on key issues and strategies to address them;
  • Continue to offer high-quality programs and events to our diverse member base;
  • Continue outreach to underserved communities, including rural areas of Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley;
  • Deliver programming that highlights our values: ethics, diversity and community engagement;
  • Offer more opportunities to network and connect professionals in our regions;


  • Host another engaging Annual Conference October 22-25, 2018 at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park.

We at MMANC recognize that your time is valuable. As we enter what promises to be another interesting year in municipal management, we are proud to stand alongside you, united in our commitment to serve our communities. We hope you’ll continue to support MMANC as a member, a volunteer or a partner – you make it possible for our organization, our profession, and our communities to thrive! Thank you again for being a part of MMANC.

Yours in service,


Erin Steffen                                         Miranda Lutzow
2017 MMANC President                  2018 MMANC President
(510) 981-7017                                   (209) 874-2328
esteffen@cityofberkeley.info        mlutzow@cityofwaterford.org