ICMA Emerging Leader Awarded Diversity Scholarship

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News Date: 
September 10, 2021

Sophia Rome, Management Analyst in the Community Development Department, was selected as one of approximately 40 local government personnel from across the country to join the fall International City and County Managers Association (ICMA) Emerging Leaders Development Program. The Program is designed to help early- to mid-career professionals build knowledge, skills, and abilities in the basic local government management and technical topics that executive managers need to know to be successful. The two-year certificate program provides professional development through mentorship and education from City and County Managers from across the U.S.

Sophia was also in the top three in the country to receive the ICMA Workplace Diversity Equity Award Scholarship to attend the Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon this October. As a long-time resident of the Alisal, she is eager to increase her knowledge on policies, programs, and practices that could benefit the undeserved communities in our City.

With a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Communication, Sophia is a first year student in her Doctor of Management program with an emphasis on organizational leadership. She was adopted from Busan, South Korea and grew up in Salinas. Sophia is driven by making positive change in the community through public service and inspiring others to realize their aspirations despite adversity. She hopes to use her education and experience to benefit the community and serve as a mentor to others.