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ICMA Student Chapter

ICMA Student Chapter - Davenport Institute

The Davenport Institute is pleased to be the on-campus sponsor of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy Chapter of the International City/County Manager's Association (ICMA).

ICMA is the professional and educational association for appointed local government administrators throughout the world, making this an excellent opportunity to build a network of contacts with local government administrators both in California and across the country.

Student Leadership Board

The chapter's student leadership board is comprised of four students in their first and second years in the MPP program. The following is our leaders for the 2021-2022 academic year;

  • Leslie Rodriguez, President
  • Rosemary Gutierrez, Vice President
  • Eric Green, Secretary
  • Troy Collazo, Treasurer
  • Vanessa Cruz, Social Media and Marketing


Pepperdine's program is one of three programs in Southern California, where student members are offered a number of resources including:

  • Access to ICMA online, including research and job postings
  • Free registration for the ICMA annual conference
  • Guidance from Pooja Di Giovanna, assistant director of Davenport Institute, will serve as the mentor for the chapter
  • Online webinars and panel discussions with those who have made a career in local government.


Chapter Events 2020-2021

  Homeless Panel Discussion
  • Susan Stuart Clark, Founder/Director of Common Knowledge Group
  • Andrew Hening, Homeless Coordinator for San Rafael
  • Bob Blumenfield, City Councilmember for Los Angeles District 3
     
  Policing and Policy Panel
  • Maureen McGough, Chief of staff for the Policing Project at the NYU School of Law
  • Aram Choe, Detective Sergeant at El Monte Police Department
  • Melinda Sims, LA County Deputy Public Defender
  Women in Environmental Policy Panel 
  • Shea Cunningham, Principal of Balanced Approach Strategic Sustainability Services
  • Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist at Heal the Bay
  • Madelyn Gilickfeld, Director of the UCLA Water resources group for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES)



The Davenport Institute offers financial support to cover the chapter's membership fee. Priority for membership is given to students with a declared State and Local Policy specialization. The application process for the student chapter is open twice a year at the beginning of the academic semester. The application may be found by contacting our office below.

For questions about the Pepperdine student ICMA chapter, email the assistant director.