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New Webinar Series: LEADING LOCAL
Session #1: The Role of Local Government in Times of Crisis


Webinar Description

What is the role of local government during times of national crisis? How can local government leaders provide basic services at the local level while also addressing some of the big challenges our nation is facing? You’re invited to hear from four local government icons about how best to tackle topics like social justice, equity, COVID response and the growing polarization in our communities. This session is the first in ILG’s new leadership series, LEADING LOCAL, which will serve as a thought leadership forum on challenging topics and issues local government leaders face. Registration is free.


  • Greg Cox, San Diego County Supervisor (retired)
  • Henry Gardner, Oakland City Manager (retired)
  • Rod Gould, Santa Monica City Manager (retired)
  • Pat Martel, Daly City City Manager (retired)

Moderated by Erica Manuel, CEO & Executive Director, Institute for Local Government

Video Recording

New Webinar Series: LEADING LOCAL


LEADING LOCAL: Local Government Leadership in Times of Crisis

About the LEADING LOCAL Series

2020 was fraught with unprecedented challenges ranging from a global pandemic to extreme natural disasters to a divisive and polarizing election cycle. Local government leaders are being asked to step up in entirely new ways. How can they serve as role models for their communities and their peers in these ever-changing times? 

LEADING LOCAL is a new thought leadership forum from ILG that is focused on addressing complex topics and issues local government leaders face. Session topics will cover a wide range of issues and challenges like leading through conflict, civility and ethics, building personal resilience and more. LEADING LOCAL … because leadership starts at the local level. All LEADING LOCAL sessions will be specially curated with content for elected officials and staff at California cities, counties and special districts. Registration is free but space is limited.

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