Northern California Chapter -
International Public Management Association - Human Resources

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President’s Update

Dear Members and Colleagues:

I) NCCIPMA-HR Announces Record-Breaking Attendance at Its 2017 Annual Chapter Conference on March 2 and 3, 2017!

On behalf of the Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association – Human Resources (NCCIPMA-HR), we are delighted to report that our 2017 Annual Chapter Conference was a tremendous success! With a record-breaking attendance of 250 public sector HR professionals and affiliates and 40 corporate sponsors, the 2017 Conference offered a total of six plenary sessions and 15 concurrent sessions over the course of two days, including our Chapter's first Labor Relations Boot Camp on Negotiations, which was offered in partnership with the Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC). For an electronic version of the 2017 Annual Conference Program, please click here (and allow a few moments for the Adobe PDF file to download). 

II) NCCIPMA-HR Offers Revolutionary One-on-One Career Coaching Sessions; Our Chapter’s Tradition of Hospitality Continues at the 2017 Annual Conference

During the 2017 Annual Chapter Conference, to support professional growth opportunities for emerging HR professionals, our Chapter offered revolutionary one-on-one career coaching sessions with three prominent executive recruiters, including CPS HR Consulting, Koff and Associates, and The Hawkins Company (in alphabetical order).  In keeping with our Chapter’s tradition of hospitality, our attendees, speakers, and sponsors were also treated to the President’s Reception and Dinner Banquet on the evening of March 2, 2017, featuring live entertainment, DJ music, dancing, complimentary beverages, and a buffet dinner.  Our Annual Conference continues to offer a balanced mix of fun, professional networking, and education in a beautiful wine country setting.

III) NCCIPMA-HR Continues Its Efforts to Deliver a Brand New NCCIPMA-HR, Reimagined

At the Annual Business Meeting on March 3, 2017, I provided an update on the Board’s efforts to deliver a brand new NCCIPMA-HR, reimagined.  During the past year, NCCIPMA-HR engaged in strategic partnerships with several prominent public sector HR organizations, including: CSPCA, PELRAC, and WRIPAC, among others, to better align our Chapter’s programs and services to compliment those offered by these organizations.  Our sister chapter relationship with the Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter of IPMA-HR continues to provide integral support to our mutual constituents throughout the entire Northern California region.  Today, NCCIPMA-HR maintains a growing network of over 3,000 public sector human resources professionals throughout Northern California.

IV) NCCIPMA-HR and Its Sister Chapter, the Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter, Now Cover the Entire Northern California Region!

During the Annual Business Meeting, the Chapter’s membership also unanimously approved an amendment to our Chapter’s bylaws to expand our services to cover the counties of: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Trinity, and surrounding areas.  Together with the Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter, our respective chapters are proud to finally deliver local outreach and support to public sector HR professionals throughout the entire Northern California region.  Many additional programs and services are in the works – stay connected with us on LinkedIn for updates by clicking here.

V) NCCIPMA-HR Welcomes International President and Other IPMA-HR Affiliates at Its 2017 Annual Conference

At the Conference Luncheon, our Chapter is grateful to welcome IPMA-HR President Mary Rowe, who provided an extensive update on IPMA-HR’s initiatives.  We were also joined by Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter President Jill Engelmann and members of the Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter’s Board of Directors.  Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter President Engelmann provided our Chapter with a hospitality basket of fine goodies from their beautiful region.  Additionally, IPMA-HR Past President Richard Dukellis and SCPMA Past President Paula Adams were also in attendance.  Our Chapter is forever grateful to these leaders for their friendship and continued support to NCCIPMA-HR.

VI) NCCIPMA-HR Honors Three Exceptional Organizations with Its Agency Awards for Excellence

We also had the opportunity to honor three organizations that were selected for the 2017 NCCIPMA-HR Agency Awards for Excellence, including: the City and County of San Francisco for its Citywide TechHire Project, the City of South San Francisco for its Succession Development Program Initiative, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District for its ValleyWaterWELL Program. These organizations all implemented exceptional human resource programs that exceed expectations and go beyond the normal standards of a good government human resources program, and NCCIPMA-HR commends them for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to public sector human resources.

VII) NCCIPMA-HR Honors Board Member Sonja Stanchina and Establishes “The Sonja Stanchina Next Generation Scholarship Award” for Emerging HR Professionals

In addition, NCCIPMA-HR Board Member Sonja Stanchina was recognized for 10 years of continuous and dedicated service to the NCCIPMA-HR Board of Directors.  During her tenure on the NCCIPMA-HR Board, Director Stanchina not only served the Northern California Chapter, but she also held prominent leadership roles with the Western Region of IPMA-HR as well as IPMA-HR, including serving as the Chair of the IPMA-HR Next Generation Task Force.  Effective July 2017, Director Stanchina will take office as the President of the Western Region of IPMA-HR.  In honor of Director Stanchina’s many contributions to our Chapter, NCCIPMA-HR has established the Sonja Stanchina Next Generation Scholarship Award, which will provide a fully-paid conference registration and travel expenses for one emerging public sector HR professional within NCCIPMA-HR’s service areas to attend our Chapter’s Annual Conference on an annual basis going forward.

VIII) Special Thanks to the 2017 Annual Conference Committee, Attendees, Sponsors, Speakers, and Partners!

Lastly, this report would not be complete without a special recognition to the NCCIPMA-HR Board of Directors and members of the 2017 Conference Committee, including: Ali Adams (City of Hayward), Irene Barragan Silipin (City of Palo Alto), Gene Boucher (City of Albany), Alisa Gordon (City of Walnut Creek), Ericka Gosha (County of San Mateo), Nancy Jeu (Port of Oakland), Heidi Kaye (San Lorenzo Unified School District), Kathleen King (Union Sanitary District), Sharon McNulty (Contra Costa Water District), Ericka Mitchell (City of Pleasant Hill), Juli Mortensen (City of Fort Bragg), Gina Porter (Port of Oakland), and Selina Zapien (Alameda County Water District).

In closing, on behalf of NCCIPMA-HR, we express our sincerest appreciation to all of our attendees, sponsors, speakers, and partners for your support in making the 2017 Annual Conference our best conference yet!

IX) Save the Date for the 2018 Annual Conference in Sonoma Valley - March 15 and 16, 2018

Missed out on this year's Conference? Save the date for the 2018 Annual Chapter Conference: March 15 and 16, 2018 (Thursday and Friday) in Sonoma Valley. See you next year!


NCCIPMA-HR is an affiliate of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), a nonprofit and educational organization, committed to the advancement of the public sector by providing HR professionals with key educational and training opportunities, valuable resources and assessments products, and effective advocacy at every level of government. IPMA-HR represents more than 9,000 individuals and 1,100 agencies at the local, state and federal levels of government worldwide. IPMA-HR is comprised of four U.S. regions and more than 42 affiliate chapters that operate independently and provide members with professional resources and events and career advancement opportunities. Chapter members receive IPMA-HR affiliate benefits such as the weekly HR Bulletin and the IPMA-HR member rate for all professional development activities. 

NCCIPMA-HR is the largest chapter of IPMA-HR in the Northern California region, and serves the counties of: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Trinity. NCCIPMA-HR focuses on the professional development of public sector human resources practitioners at all levels. Training are provided through workshops and seminars, the Chapter web site at, and the Annual Chapter Conference in Sonoma Valley, California.

Address: NCCIPMA-HR, P.O. Box 2157 San Ramon, CA 94583


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