SACRAMENTO — The League of California Cities® board of directors elected San Diego City Council Member President Pro Tem Mark Kersey to serve as its 2017-18 first vice president on Sept. 15 as part of the League’s 119th Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento.
During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino to serve as president and Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle as second vice president. Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce, who served as president in 2016-17, became immediate past president.
“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the League’s first vice president and serve this organization in a leadership capacity to help influence statewide and federal policy positions to support California’s cities. There are many challenges facing California cities today, and together we can solve them,” said Kersey.
Elected to the San Diego City Council in 2012, Kersey is also the founder and owner of Kersey Strategies, a technological research firm. He is focused on many significant issues including infrastructure, public safety and economic development. Kersey has served on the League board of directors since 2014. Additionally, Council Member Kersey is engaged at the federal level through his appointment on the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee.
“Mark brings years of leadership and expertise in economic development, technology and infrastructure to his League role. Cities are working on many of the same issues to ensure they are able to deliver essential services to their residents,” said League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman. As the League’s first vice president, Mark will play an important role in advancing policy solutions to help maintain the vibrancy of our local communities.”
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.