Board of Directors

The League of California Cities board of directors typically meets on a quarterly basis and is required by the bylaws to meet no fewer than four times per year. An agenda is sent out about a week prior to each meeting.

The League board of directors is responsible for the overall supervision, control, and direction of the League. Only city officials from League member cities are eligible for membership on the board of directors.

The League board is governed by its bylaws.

Endorsements for NLC Board

Each year the League of California Cities® board of directors invites membership interested in running for National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors or for second vice president of the NLC board of directors, to apply for endorsement from our League board of directors. Only city officials in direct member cities of NLC may apply for its board or board officer position (second vice president). The League board will endorse all membership interested in applying for NLC board.

City officials interested in seeking an endorsement for the NLC board or for the NLC second vice president should contact League Executive Assistant  Pam Herrera at (916) 658-8229.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017, Santa Cruz (League Leaders)
  • Feb.  22-23, 2018, Redondo Beach
  • April 19, 2018, Sacramento (in conjunction with Legislative Action Day)
  • June 29-30, 2018, Monterey (in conjunction with Executive Forum)
  • Sept. 13, Long Beach (in conjunction with Annual Conference)
  • Nov. 29-30, 2018, Garden Grove (in conjunction with League Leaders)
  • Rich Garbarino, President; Council Member, South San Francisco       

    Richard-Garbarino-Headshot-October-2016.jpgRich Garbarino was first appointed to the South San Francisco City Council in December 2002 to fill the vacancy left by the election of Gene Mullin to the California State Assembly. In 2003, he was officially elected to his first four-year term on the South San Francisco City Council and then subsequently re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2015 with his current term expiring in 2019. 

    Council Member Garbarino is very engaged locally, regionally and statewide through the League of California Cities on the board of directors, the organization’s Peninsula Division and Public Safety Policy Committee. Locally he worked on the passage of Measure W to fund city services and infrastructure improvements as well as served as chair of several Association of Bay Area of Governments committees and the Local Agency Formation Committee.
    Professionally Council Member Garbarino worked at San Francisco State University in several capacities, Homart Development, Bechtel Power Corporation, Bekins Building Maintenance Corporation and in a family-owned business.

    Mark Kersey, First Vice President; Council Member, San Diego

    Mark-Kersey-Headshot-2015.jpgMark Kersey was elected to the city of San Diego's Fifth District in 2012. In 2016, he was re-elected to a second term on a platform of rebuilding San Diego's infrastructure, modernizing government and keeping San Diego's economy competitive.
    Since assuming office he has held infrastructure forums in every council district in the city, successfully advocated for increased infrastructure investment in the general fund and orchestrated the development of San Diego’s first comprehensive Multi-Year Infrastructure Investment Plan. Additionally he introduced the city’s first Open Data Initiative, making large quantities of city data available to the public in a convenient and usable format.
    Council President Pro Tem Mark Kersey chairs San Diego’s Committee on Infrastructure, is vice chair of the Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee and a member of the Rules Committee. He sits on the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. As a member of the League of California Cities board of directors since 2014, he has also participated in several League board nominating committees. Council Member Kersey is also engaged at the federal level through his appointment on the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee.
    Council Member Kersey is also the founder and owner of Kersey Strategies, a technological research firm.

    Jan Arbuckle, Second Vice President; Council Member, Grass Valley

    Born and raised in Southern California, Jan Arbuckle relocated to Sacramento in the 1970s. Her almost two-decade career in public safety included serving with the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. She remains a reserve deputy and participates in the department’s PEER Support Program.

    Council Member Arbuckle became locally involved in public service through two consecutive terms on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury. This experience, learning how local government operates and how it addresses pressing issues such as public safety, homelessness and substance abuse inspired her further.
    In February 2007, Council Member Arbuckle was appointed to the Grass Valley City Council. Elected in November 2008 to a four-year term on the Grass Valley City Council, her colleagues on the council selected her as vice mayor. The Grass Valley City Council selected her as mayor in 2010, a position she held for two years until 2012, the same year she was re-elected to the council. Council Member Arbuckle was re-elected again in 2016.
    Council Member Arbuckle is active in the League of California Cities where she has served on the board of directors since 2013. She is chair of the League’s Public Safety Committee, president of the League’s Women’s Caucus, co-chair of the League-California State Association of Counties Joint Homelessness Task Force and has served as Sacramento Valley Division president twice. In addition, Council Member Arbuckle was the first women to chair the League’s Public Safety Policy Committee and served as chair of the League’s former Administrative Services Policy Committee.
    Engaged throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City, Council Member Arbuckle serves on the Nevada County Homelessness Process Improvement Committee, the Grass Valley Successor Agency Oversight Board, the Nevada County Transit Services Commission and the Nevada County Transportation Commission. She helped pass a half-cent sales tax earmarked for public safety and roads, implemented a succession plan for the Grass Valley Police Department, helped create the Grass Valley Police Department Peer Support Program and facilitated a major interchange public works project.

    JoAnne Mounce, Immediate Past President; Mayor Pro Tempore, Lodi     

    Mounce-2014-Picture-crop.jpgJoAnne Mounce was first elected to the Lodi City Council in 2004 and has since been appointed twice as mayor. She has held many positions within the League of California Cities, including president and member of the Board of Directors, two time president of the Central Valley Division, member of Administrative Services Policy Committee and member of the Audit Committee.  JoAnne has also gathered signatures and raised funds for the League sponsored ballot measures.

    JoAnne has spent 30 years in the accounting and tax management industry. As a small business owner, she focused on business start-ups and assisted many San Joaquin County businesses untangle governmental compliance.  For the past 10 years, she has managed Dougherty CPAs, Inc.  This Stockton based accountancy firm specializes in business taxation. JoAnne develops management systems, sells service packages, prepares complex tax returns and provides direction for future growth of the firm.
    Engaged locally, JoAnne has served on the Lodi Youth Commission, the San Joaquin Council of Government, and the League of California Cities as a liaison. As a third generation Lodian, she is an active volunteer with LRWF Unit, the Lodi Historical Society and many other community organizations. 
    JoAnne earned her Accounting Certificate from South Lake Tahoe Community College and her Associate in Arts Degree, with honors, from San Joaquin Delta College.  She now spends extensive time on continuing education related to tax and ethics courses.

    Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities

    CarolynColeman-Headshot-for-web-2.jpgCarolyn Coleman brings 25 years of experience as a leader and an advocate in the public and private sectors to her role as executive director of the League of California Cities. She joined the League of California Cities in December 2016 after a decade with the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, D.C. as senior executive and director of federal advocacy. During her tenure at NLC, she oversaw the organization’s advocacy efforts and worked closely with city leaders and the 49 state municipal leagues throughout the country to advance NLC’s priorities in matters before Congress, the Administration and the courts.
    Prior to working with NLC, Coleman served as deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis where she focused on economic development, infrastructure and community engagement. She previously practiced law and held marketing leadership positions in the private sector. In addition to her professional endeavors, Coleman serves on the board of trustees of the University of Indianapolis and the National Urban Fellows Program board of directors.

  • The League board of directors comprises the following:

    • President, first vice president, second vice president, and immediate past president
    • One director elected by each of the sixteen regional divisions;
    • One director elected by each of the eleven functional departments;
    • Ten directors at large;
    • One director designated by each of the ten largest cities in California; and
    • Any California city officials serving on the National League of Cities board of directors.

    Current board of directors 



    • Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017, Chaminade, Santa Cruz
    • Feb.  22-23, 2018, Redondo Beach
    • April 19, 2018, Sacramento (in conjunction with Legislative Action Day)
    • June 29-30, 2018, Monterey (in conjunction with Executive Forum)
    • Sept. 13, Long Beach (in conjunction with Annual Conference)
    • Nov. 29-30, 2018, Garden Grove (in conjunction with League Leaders)
  • The League of California Cities Board Manual provides a framework for the organization and operation of the League board of directors.

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