2022 Summer Session

Pale Copper Simple Save the Date Invitation

About MMASC's Summer Session

Summer Session is one of the premier annual events provided by MMASC and its partners. This one-day in-person conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession. Learn new tools and best practices that will help you continue to excel and lead, and make connections with colleagues throughout Southern California.


Diamond Bar Center (1600 Grand Ave, Diamond Bar, CA 91765)


8:30 AM    Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM    Welcome & Introductions

Dan Fox, City Manager, City of Diamond Bar

Paolo Kespradit, 2022 MMASC President

9:15 AM    Vision, Action, Success: Our Path to City Management

In June 2022, the neighboring cities of Westminster and Fountain Valley hired new City Managers. In each city, the manager is making history by becoming the first woman of Vietnamese descent to serve in the role. Hear from Maggie Le, City Manager of Fountain Valley, and Christine Cordon, City Manager of Westminster, as they share their stories on their rise to the "big seat" of their respective Orange County cities.

10:15 AM    Networking Break

10:30 AM    From Subject to Attachment: The Art of the Staff Report

As practicing or aspiring government professionals, staff report writing is in your future.  In this session, Tamara Letourneau, City Manager of Laguna Niguel and author of "Mastering the Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Quality Staff Report" will provide attendees tips and strategies on effective communication in the workplace and the art of writing a quality staff report. Attendees will even have the opportunity to get a signed copy of the book!

11:45 AM    Networking Break

12:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 PM    Group Activity

1:30 PM    Municipal Finance Post COVID-19: A Look At How The Pandemic Has Changed Us

The past 2+ years have been anything but fiscally predictable, forcing organizations to think outside of the box when it comes to fiscal sustainability. In this session, attendees will hear from Bobby Young, Principal at HdL, on how the pandemic has affected local government and how it will change the way fiscal preparation is done.    

Panelist: Oliver Chi, Irvine City Manager and Dan Fox, Diamond Bar City Manager.

2:30 PM    Legislative Update

Stay-up-to-date on local and state policies that affect your organization. 

3:15 PM    MMASC Executive Board Nominations & Business Meeting

Interested in serving as a member of the MMASC Board of Directors? The Bylaws & Elections Committee opened nominations on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Time has been set aside for open nominations at this session. Following the session, nominations will be closed. A brief business presentation will follow.

3:30 PM    Reflecting on the Past, Building the Future: MMASC Past Presidents Panel

MMASC is one of the oldest and the largest associations of its kind. Since establishment almost 70 years ago, the association has grown to over 800 members, representing local governments that serve an estimated 22 million residents in Southern California. In this session, hear from the former leaders of the organization as they reflect on their time at the helm, provide meaningful advice on how to prepare for career progression and development, and discuss the future of MMASC.

Panelist: Chris Freeland (2006-07), Laura A. Biery (2008-09), Carl Alameda (2009-10), Alma Janabajab (2015-16).

4:30 PM     Networking Mixer 

Enjoy a networking mixer with Summer Session attendees at the Diamond Bar Center.


Through July 4After July 4
MMASC Member$100$120
MMASC Student Member$40$55

Online Registration

Summer Session Co-Chairs:

Joseph Cisneros, City of La Palma

Greg Kwolek, City of Morro Bay

Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs at summersession@mmasc.org.