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Leading Local: Operationalizing Equity: Insights and Strategies for Advancing Equity in your Local Agency and Your Community


Event Description:

ILG is excited to invite California local government leaders to a special event that explores how best to operationalize equity in local government. Attendees will hear from local jurisdictions that have already embarked on their equity journey. Attendees will also have the chance to connect with each other to share ideas, challenges and successes about their equity journeys. This event is intended for staff and elected officials in cities, counties and special districts across California state. Anyone with an interest in advancing equity in their municipalities should attend.  


The pandemic has brought equity to the forefront as a mainstream issue that local governments across California are starting to tackle. Some local agencies are creating equity ordinances, hiring or appointing equity officers, updating hiring and recruitment practices and re-examining their public policies and programs. But with so much to do, it may be hard to know where to start.  Every local agency needs to strategize and implement an equity approach that works for them and their community.  While resources exist, many are navigating this journey alone.  ILG aims to lift-up best practices and lessons learned on the ground and create spaces for jurisdictions to connect and learn from each other.

Guest Speakers:

  • Scheereen Dedman, County Clerk, Mono County
  • Kelly Gonzalez, Director of Business and Public Affairs, Cosumnes Community Services District
  • Randi Johl, Director of Legislative Affairs/City Clerk, City of Temecula
  • Rosemary Soto, Management Analyst III, County Administrative Office, Monterey County

This webinar is presented in partnership with Cal Cities, CSAC and CSDA.

Article in the December 2021 Western City Magazine highlighting the event: Change happens at the speed of trust: Key lessons from ILG’s equity roundtable


Equity Roundtable Presentation


Leading Local: Operationalizing Equity:  Insights and Strategies for Advancing Equity in your Local Agency and Your Community

Books recommended by speakers and participants during the session:

  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Caste
  • Sum of Us
  • So You Want to Talk About Race
  • The New Jim Crow
  • How to be an Antiracist 
  • White Fragility 
  • Racing to Justice 
  • The Book of Unknown Americans 
  • The Vanishing Half 

Resources shared by participants during the session:

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