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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

In March of 2019, the ILCMA Board established an ad hoc task force on Diversity Equity and Inclusion with the goal of identifying and reducing barriers to the participation of minorities, women and other underrepresented groups in the profession of local government management and the ILCMA.  ILCMA’s Diversity and Inclusion standing committee was formally created in early 2021.

The Committee’s goals include:

  • Educate association members on DEI through implicit/explicit/microaggression training using several different platforms.
  • Impress the need of the association to build relationships with affinity groups established in the work of DEI.
  • Develop tools, programs and techniques for member organizations to use to help them reach their DEI goals, including but not limited to a recruitment tool kit of best practices for hiring for diversity, and DEI training as a part of organizational objectives and strategic planning initiatives.

Committee Co-Chair – Kimberly Richardson, Deputy City Manager, Evanston

Committee Co-Chair – Napoleon Haney, Assistant Village Manager, Homewood

Committee Members:
Elijah Bebora, Administrative Intern, Glen Ellyn
Daisy Chavez, Human Resources Generalist, Elmhurst
Nancy Hill, Community Development Director, South Elgin
Erika Kennett, Village Administrator, New Baden
Heather Kuykendall, Comptroller, Charleston
Diane Lantz, Executive Director, IGFOA
Evan Michel, Assistant to the Village Manager, Buffalo Grove
Ghida Neukirch, Village Manager, Highland Park
Sharon Schallhorn, Administrator, Bureau County
Brian Townsend, Village Manager, Schaumburg
Joan Walls, Deputy City Manager, Champaign


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