Tomorrow’s City-County Manager’s Forum

Every year the Next Gen of Silicon Valley Committee sponsored by the two CM Associations of SC and SM Counties conduct a “Tomorrow’s Executive Forum.” This all-day workshop helps prepare future City/County Managers and Department Heads by promoting succession planning in the participating agencies. The Forum alternates its focus between future chief executives one year, and then future department heads on alternate years. Both Forums feature senior executives and executive recruiters who provide panel discussions, role-playing, speed coaching, career development resources, and networking.

This event is geared towards emerging leaders; participants are selected through a competitive application process.

For any questions, please contact Frank Benest at

Management Talent Exchange Program (MTEP)

MTEP potentially returning 2023!

High-potential employees are placed in another local government agency for three months. The exchange creates new skills, experiences and relationships.

Agencies can place employees with other local governments and/or receive MTEP employees for the three months. In addition to supercharging the careers of participants, MTEP helps local governments expand their organizational capacity and effectiveness with fewer employees.

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Cal-ICMA Coaching Program

Next Gen works closely with Cal-ICMA to offer resources to local government employees including webinars, coaching, career-related articles, and additional resources.

Visit to access an assortment of services to help you grow, make decisions that benefit your career, gain perspective from others, and achieve your goals.

Regional Management Fellowship Program

With a growing need to attract top level talent to local government, the Next Gen Committee has developed a Regional Management Fellowship Program that offers top Graduates from our local universities the opportunity to work on meaningful projects and initiatives within local government agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties for up to three years!

The Regional Management Fellowship Program offers participating agencies the ability to:

  • Attract talented graduate level candidates to the organization and establish talent pipelines that will help the agency’s workforce succession efforts for years to come
  • Identify and develop the next generation of local government leaders
  • Form long-lasting partnerships with local universities, which are a valuable resource for recruiting new talent to the organization
  • Offer organizations with the flexibility needed when a new project or initiative arises that requires talented individuals with certain areas of expertise
  • Compete with the private sector, as it offers individuals the opportunity to gain valuable and meaningful work experience without making a long-term commitment

In addition, the benefits for participants include:

  • Unique opportunity of individuals to make an immediate impact
  • First-hand view into local government work
  • Mentoring from passionate and innovative government leaders
  • Experience in critical areas that develop report writing, research, presentation, and analytical skills
  • Potential for a career with local government agency
  • Support from peer to peer coaching and cohort environment




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Speed Coaching and Networking Lunch

Every other year the Next Gen of Silicon Valley Committee sponsored by the two CM Associations of SC and SM Counties host a speed coaching and networking lunch for emerging leaders. Speed coaches include City Managers, Assistant City Manager, Department Heads, and other executives.

Similar to speed dating, speed coaching rotates participants through several rounds of short coaching sessions with different senior managers from local governments in the two counties

Meeting with University Career Centers

Held every year. The Two-County Next Generation Committee meets once per year with university career center staff to educate them about local government careers and discuss opportunities such as the Regional Internship and Fellowship Program as well as local government representation at university job fairs.