ICMA maintains close ties to state-based associations of local government professionals through its regional relationship management efforts and dedicated ICMA Liaison Program. ICMA strives to closely align its work with states and affiliates, and to measure progress over time. Formal affiliation agreements between state associations, affiliate groups, and ICMA offer a tool for documenting where and how we work together, and how we can build on key strategic initiatives of mutual benefit, setting specific goals in collaboration with ICMA.

The purpose of these affiliate relationships is twofold:

  1. Reinforce the importance and value of the relationship between ICMA and state associations, and the value of belonging to both.
  2. Complement and not compete with state associations on the support and delivery of services to local government management professionals

Our goal is to complement one another's efforts, grow our respective memberships, and share resources. The affiliation agreement initiative is framed around the priorities of leadership, professional development, knowledge sharing, and membership.

The ICMA Relationship Management Team

To identify your key staff and ICMA Executive Board contacts, use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory.

ICMA Executive Board Regional Vice Presidents

Fifteen ICMA Executive Board Regional Vice Presidents, members of the ICMA Executive Board, serve as board liaisons to states in their respective regions and to our national affiliates. Three vice presidents are elected from each of ICMA's five geographic regions within the United States and serve three-year terms. During each ICMA Annual Conference, they divide the states in their regions so that each state association has a single vice president as its primary liaison. Vice presidents are available as key contacts within the states they serve to help bring forward policy issues from the membership and state organizations. When their other duties allow, vice presidents also travel to state meetings in their states to represent ICMA in person and to provide updates on ICMA activities and priorities.

Regional Directors

In all of ICMA's five U.S. regions, ICMA has regional directors in place who have long tenures as managers in the region and who also served in their state association leadership.


Regional Director, Matt Fulton (mfulton@icma.org)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

Mountain Plains

Regional Director, Jason Grant (Interim) (jgrant@icma.org

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming


Regional Director, Jerry Giaimis (jgiaimis@icma.org)

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont


Regional Director, Randy Reid (rreid@icma.org)

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

West Coast

Regional Director, Pat Martel (pmartel@icma.org)

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

National Affiliates

ICMA has longstanding relationships with national affiliates: