How to Develop a Strong and Productive Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Two people climbing mountain ridge, one assisting another over the top ridge.

A mentor/mentee relationship can be immensely rewarding for both people. But how do you get to know each other, build trust, have productive meetings, and continue to have a beneficial, ongoing connection? Jennifer and Lydia met through MMANC’s Credentialed Government Leader program, where Jennifer was Lydia’s mentor. Together they created tips for mentors/ mentees to […]

ICMA Coaching Program Update

Register now for best practices in career development at all levels Sign up yourself and your team for the free ICMA Coaching Program webinars to boost your career and talent development throughout your organization. Click on the registration links or go to Here are the remaining webinars for calendar 2016. Successful Supervision and Leadership […]

Exploring the Remote Work Model Has Amazing Possibilities

Exploring the Remote Work Model Has Amazing Possibilities From my perspective, remote work is still a relatively new model in local government but, the concept is one with great possibilities both for permanent and temporary jobs. When I was with the City of Santa Cruz, I participated in the telework pilot in 2013-14, working at […]

Career Compass No. 50: Storytelling–A Powerful Way to Lead and Communicate

June 1, 2016 I’m a traffic engineer in a small midwestern city. I just had a difficult experience presenting a mobility safety plan to my city council. I did a lot of research on best practices to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists along a fairly busy street, while still maintaining reasonable traffic flow. As part […]

MMANC Podcast: Managing Human Performance

  San Mateo County Human Resources Director Donna Vaillancourt discusses the importance of resource management following her presentation at the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC)’s Winter Forum in February 2016. Donna was interviewed by Marissa King, Region Co-Chair for MMANC and member of San Mateo County’s Human Resources team.  

MMANC Podcast: Myths, Lies and Misconceptions About Ethics

Kim Castro, Program Manager for the City of Mountain View and Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) Board Member, meets with Kevin Woodhouse, Assistant General Manager for the Midpeninsula Open Space District, discusses the myths, lies and misconceptions about ethics in public service. The interview was conducted in person on October 16, 2015 at […]

Bondtacular Event is Spectacular

On November 19, 2015 MMANC (Region 1) organized an event called “BONDTACULAR, Sustainable Future with Bonds” which was hosted by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the City of Mountain View and Stifel. Stifel provided an expert overview on many technical themes from financing options available to fund infrastructure to the intricacies of the municipal […]