Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall supervision, control, and direction of Cal Cities and consists of a president, first vice president, second vice president, immediate past president, executive director, a representative from each of the Cal Cities 16 divisions, and a representative from each of Cal Cities’ nine municipal departments.

Also seated on the Board of Directors are the mayors or designees of the 10 largest cities by population and 12 selected at-large members. At least one of the at-large members must be from a city with a population under 10,000. The Board of Directors also includes California city officials serving on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. Only city officials from member cities are eligible to serve.


Executive Committee


Board Members

The Cal Cities Board of Directors consists of the following:

  • President, first vice president, second vice president, and immediate past president
  • One director elected by each of the sixteen regional divisions;
  • One director elected by each of the nine functional departments;
  • Twelve directors at-large;
  • One director designated by each of the ten largest cities in California; and
  • Any California city officials serving on the National League of Cities Board of Directors.

League of California Cities 2020-2021 Board of Directors


  • President Cindy Silva, Council Member, Walnut Creek
  • First Vice President Ali Sajjad Taj, Council Member, Artesia
  • Second Vice President Dan Parra, Council Member, Fowler
  • Immediate Past President Cheryl Viegas Walker, Mayor, El Centro
  • Executive Director and CEO, Carolyn Coleman


  • Jan Arbuckle, Vice Mayor, Grass Valley – At-large 
  • Denise Athas, Council Member, Novato – At-large
  • Al Austin, Council Member, Long Beach – Large City Alternate for Mayor Garcia
  • Emily Beach, Council Member, Burlingame – Peninsula Division
  • LaTanya Bellow, Human Resources Director, Berkeley – Personnel and Employee Relations Department
  • John Binaski, Fire Chief, Clovis – Fire Chiefs Department
  • London Breed, Mayor, San Francisco – Large City
  • Joe Buscaino, Council Member and President Pro Tem, Los Angeles – Large City Alternate for Mayor Garcetti
  • Ken Carlson, Council Member, Pleasant Hill – East Bay Division
  • Chris Catren, Police Chief, Redlands – Police Chiefs Department
  • David Cohen, Council Member, San Jose – Large City Alternate for Mayor Liccardo
  • Michael Colantuono, City Attorney, Grass Valley – City Attorneys Department
  • Pippin Dew, Council Member, Vallejo – North Bay Division
  • Phill Dupper, Mayor, Loma Linda – Inland Empire Division
  • Jerry Dyer, Mayor, Fresno – Large City
  • Edgard Garcia, Council Member, El Centro – Imperial County Division
  • Todd Gloria, Mayor, San Diego – Large City
  • Karen Goh, Mayor, Bakersfield – Large City
  • Eric Guerra, Council Member, Sacramento – Large City Alternate for Mayor Steinberg
  • Rene Guerrero, Director of Public Works, Pomona – Public Works Department
  • Gene Hernandez, Council Member, Yorba Linda – Orange County Division
  • Steve Hofbauer, Mayor, Palmdale – Desert Mountain Division
  • Dawn Holm, Director of Finance, Sacramento – Fiscal Officers Department
  • Lindsey Horvath, Mayor, West Hollywood – NLC Board of Directors
  • Britt Huff, Council Member, Rolling Hills Estates – At-large
  • Randi Johl, Director of Legislative Affairs/City Clerk, Temecula – City Clerks Department
  • Dan Kalb, Council Member, Oakland – Large City Alternate for Mayor Schaaf
  • Lynne Kennedy, Mayor Pro Tem, Rancho Cucamonga – At-large
  • Jim Lewis, City Manager, Pismo Beach – City Managers Department
  • Corina Lopez, Council Member, San Leandro – NLC Board of Directors
  • Tony Madrigal, Council Member, Modesto – Central Valley Division
  • Ray Marquez, Vice Mayor, Chino Hills – At-large
  • Annie Mezzacappa, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Anaheim – Large City Alternate for Mayor Sidhu
  • Lisa Middleton, Mayor Pro Tem, Palm Springs – At-large
  • Porsche Middleton, Vice Mayor, Citrus Heights – At-large
  • John Minto, Mayor, Santee – San Diego County Division
  • Richard Montgomery, Council Member, Manhattan Beach – At-large
  • Eric Nelson, Planning Commissioner, Dana Point – Planning and Community Development Department
  • Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch – Mayors and Council Members Department
  • Blanca Pacheco, Mayor Pro Tem, Downey – At-large
  • David Pollock, Council Member, Moorpark – Channel Counties Division
  • Dave Potter, Mayor, Carmel – Monterey Bay Division
  • Ana Maria Quintana, Vice Mayor, Bell – Los Angeles County Division
  • Gabe Quinto, Mayor Pro Tem, El Cerrito – At-large
  • Dana Reed, Mayor Pro Tem, Indian Wells – Riverside County Division
  • David Sander, Council Member, Rancho Cordova – At-large
  • Joan Smith Freeman, Council Member, Yreka – Sacramento Valley Division
  • Mireya Turner, Council Member, Lakeport – Redwood Empire Division
  • Nancy Young, Mayor, Tracy – At-large
  • Vacancy – South San Joaquin County Division
Travel Voucher

Cal Cities pays actual and necessary expenses incurred by directors who attend the boards’ quarterly, two-day meetings. Please review Section VII.H.1 before submitting a travel expense voucher

Upcoming Board Meetings

December 2-3, 2021

City Attorneys Spring Conference

May 4 — 6, 2022

Carlsbad, CA

Save the Date!

The City Attorneys Conference provides city attorneys with in-depth information about the latest municipal law issues, along with opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the state. Previous topics included emerging issues related to revenue measures, police reform and qualified immunity, housing legislation, and more.

Please see our event and meeting policies.

Explore Previous Conferences

2021 Conference Session Descriptions

Friday, April 29

Virtual Fun Run - Sponsored by Best Best & Krieger

7:30 a.m.

A time-honored tradition, the Spring Conference Fun Run will commence virtually for the 2021 conference. Join your colleagues in a virtual 5K that you can take part in at your convenience between April 29 and May 21. Sign up for the Fun Run, download a virtual race bib to wear during your run, then upload your results once completed. Bonus if you can share a photo once completed on the Fun Run website.


Meet & Greet for Under 10 (less than 10 years of municipal practice)

8:30-9:15 a.m.


Department Business Meeting

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday, April 30

Coffee with Colleagues

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Join members of the City Attorneys' Department for informal networking over your morning coffee. Registered conference attendees are invited to attend. Refer to your welcome email for login information.


General Session

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Lynn Tracy Nerland, City Attorney, San Pablo


Competency and Mindful Lawyering (MCLE Specialty Credit for Competency Issues)

Speaker: Mark Fingerman, Esq., LLM., ADR Services, Functional Mindfulness


Labor and Employment Litigation Update

Speaker: Suzanne Solomon, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore


Elected Officials and Employment Law: When the Rules Don't Apply

Speakers: Rebecca Green, Senior Attorney, Richards, Watson & Gershon | Jennifer Petrusis, Shareholder, Richards, Watson & Gershon


I Hear That Train A'comin': Municipal Legal Issues Involving Railroads

Speaker: Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP


Friday, May 7

Concurrent Group Discussions

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Attend a discussion led by a subject-matter experts on topics including coastal cities, disaster preparedness, homelessness, and solo offices/small cities. Registered conference attendees are invited to attend. Refer to your welcome email for login information.


General Session

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


General Municipal Litigation Update

Speaker: Holly O. Whatley, Assistant City Attorney, Shareholder, South Pasadena, Ojai, Sierra Madre, Colantuono Highsmith Whatley, PC

Emerging Trends in Class Action Challenges to Revenue Measures

Speaker: Ryan Dunn, Senior Counsel, Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley

TNC-User Tax: Getting Rideshare Companies to Pay Their ‘Fare’ Share

Speaker: Benjamin P. Fay, Partner, Jarvis, Fay, & Gibson, LLP


City Attorney Escape Room: Packaging Legal Advice for Non-Attorney Clients

Speakers: Gregg Kettles, Partner, Best Best & Krieger | Jennifer Mizrahi, City Attorney, Desert Hot Springs/ Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro | Joseph Montes, City Attorney, BWS | Helen Peak, City Attorney, San Marcos | Joseph Petta, Partner, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP | Deepa Sharma, Senior Associate, Burke, Williams & Sorensen | Daniel Sodergren, City Attorney, Pleasanton


Friday, May 14

Coffee with Colleagues

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Join members of the City Attorneys' Department for informal networking over your morning coffee. Registered conference attendees are invited to attend. Refer to your welcome email for login information.


General Session

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Amy Albano, City Attorney, Burbank


Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation Update

Speaker: Timothy t. Coates, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland


A Rising tide against Qualified Immunity?

Speakers: Scott Davenport, General Counsel, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP | Eugene P. Ramirez, Senior Partner, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP


How Cities are Addressing Police Reform

Speakers: Jamal Anderson, Senior Associate, Renne Public Law Group | Jonathan V. Holtzman, Founding Partner, Renne Public Law Group


Black Lives Matter as Government Speech

Speaker: Catherine Engberg, City Attorney, Half Moon Bay


Friday, May 21

Coffee with Colleagues

8:15-8:45 a.m. 

Join members of the City Attorneys' Department for informal networking over your morning coffee. Registered conference attendees are invited to attend. Refer to your welcome email for login information.


General Session

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Dave Fleishman, City Attorney, Pismo Beach, Solvang


Land Use and CEQA Litigation Update

Speaker: Bill Ihrke, City Attorney, Partner, La Quinta, Rutan & Tucker


How Cities Can Abate Nuisance Properties at No Cost

Speakers: Dylan Brady, Assistant City Attorney, Petaluma | Ryan Griffith, Attorney & Associate Receiver, Bay Area Receivership Group | Amanda Pope, Attorney & Director of City Receiverships, Jones & Mayer


New Housing Legislation: Lessons Learned from Recent Litigation

Speakers: Barbara Kautz, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP | Kevin Siegel, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): How to Deliver Innovative, Local-Serving Projects

Speakers: Korin Crawford, Executive Vice President, Griffin | Swinerton | John Finke, President, Public Facilities Group | Vanessa Legbandt, Esq., Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth | Seth Merewitz, Partner; Chair P3 Working Group, Best Best & Krieger LLP


Virtual Fun Run Finish Line

12:30 p.m.

Thank you to Best Best & Krieger for sponsoring this time-honored tradition during the 2021 Spring Conference. We would like to thank everyone for participating in the 2021 Virtual 5K Fun Run, we hope you enjoyed it!


Virtual Fun Run Results/Closing Remarks

12:30 p.m. 


2021 Conference Access for Registered Attendees

In addition to access to all live sessions, session materials, and virtual networking opportunities, registering for the conference grants you access to all session recordings for later viewing for a limited time. View the session recordings.

Call for Proposals

The City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities solicits session proposals for two unique events throughout the year:

  • January 1 – March 31, for the City Attorneys Track at Annual Conference (current year)
  • June 1 – September 30, for City Attorneys Spring Conference (next year) 
We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge and expertise with this important audience!

Contact Staff


Herrera, Pam
Pamela Herrera
Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO
(916) 658-8229