Jan Arbuckle, 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.
John Dunbar, First Vice President; Mayor, Yountville
The Yountville Town Council appointed John Dunbar to the council in 2004, and he was elected to his first full term in 2006 before being elected mayor in 2010. Voters re-elected him to a third term as mayor in 2018. He served as the League’s North Bay Division president from 2011–2012 and continues to serve on the North Bay Division Executive Committee. The North Bay Division appointed Mayor Dunbar to the League board in 2016 to represent the division.
At the local level, Mayor Dunbar is engaged in numerous regional and county-wide boards and commissions including the Yountville Tourism Improvement District — Local Governing Committee, Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Napa Valley Transportation Authority, Napa County League of Governments, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 appointed Mayor Dunbar to the 25th District Agricultural Association, Napa Exposition and Fair Board, where he serves as president. He also is a board member of The Pathway Home nonprofit veteran treatment program.
Cheryl Viegas Walker, Second Vice President; Council Member, El Centro
Council Member Viegas Walker has served on the El Centro City Council since 1997 and has served as Mayor of El Centro five times. She serves on the statewide League of California Cities Board of Directors and is the President of the League’s Women's Caucus. She represents El Centro on the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), Local Transportation Authority, and the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies. Council Member Viegas Walker is also the ICTC representative to the California Association of Councils of Governments, where she serves as President.
Council Member Viegas Walker is past president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the largest metropolitan planning organization in the nation, and is currently a member of the SCAG Executive, Transportation, and Audit Committees, as well as the Imperial County representative on the SCAG Regional Council. Council Member Walker is a member of the El Centro Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and serves on the Finance and Board Quality Committees at the Hospital.
Council Member Viegas Walker is also a member of the Juvenile Justice Commission, a state mandated citizens' commission which operates under the auspices of the Imperial County Probation Department. She also serves on the San Diego State University (Imperial Valley Campus) Dean's Advisory Board and is active with the Imperial Valley Food Bank. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Rich Garbarino, Immediate Past President: South San Francisco
Rich 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.
Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities
Carolyn 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 on the dean’s cabinet at the McGeorge School of Law. She also now serves on the NLC board of directors.