On Friday, August 23, Management Partners participated with approximately 80 others in the International Hispanic Network’s Regional Summit held in San Jose. Jan Perkins, Senior Partner and ICMA Senior Advisor, was one of the coaches participating in the newly launched Madrinas/Padrinos program. Karen Davis, Executive Director of IHN and an associate within Management Partners, worked closely with President Magda Gonzalez, City Manager of Half Moon Bay, and the rest of the board to organize the event. San Jose City Manager Ed Shikada gave a welcome to the group. The opening keynote speaker was Dr. Aida Hurtado, who spoke on understanding diversity. ICMA President Jim Bennett spoke at lunch and explained why he has appointed the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness Within the Profession. Other speakers included Pat Martel, City Manager of Daly City and President-Elect of ICMA; Deanna Santana, Sunnyvale City Manager; Chris Zapata, San Leandro City Manager; Maria Hurtado, Acting City Manager of Tracy; Hazel Wetherford, President of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California; Reyna Ferrales, Deputy County Manager for San Mateo County and representative of Cal-NAPA; Manuel Esquivel, City Manager of Brighton; and Troy Brown, currently Assistant City Manager of Livermore and soon-to-be City Manager of Tracy, representing the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).