The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SPP Hosts New Student Chapter of International City/County Management Association

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UMass Amherst has established a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a professional group that promotes good governance and public policy priorities that affect local government. The UMass student chapter will be headquartered at the School of Public Policy.

ICMA student chapters introduce students to the local government management profession and to the organization’s members and resources. Chapters hold regular meetings and organize activities such as talks, panels, webinars, and group field projects.

The ICMA student chapter is open to all UMass Amherst students, both graduate and undergraduate, with no dues. All chapter members are eligible for free student membership in ICMA and free registration at the organization’s annual conference, the largest gathering of local government professionals in the world. The 2019 conference takes place October 20 to 23 in Nashville.

Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman serves as the chapter’s local government professional mentor, while Satu Zoller, associate director at the School of Public Policy, is the faculty advisor. Brianna Sunryd, a student in SPP’s Master of Public Policy & Administration program and communications manager for the Town of Amherst, is the chapter president.

Students interested in joining the UMass ICMA chapter can learn more at two upcoming campus events:

  • On Wednesday, November 14, the chapter will have an informational table at the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association’s Women Leading Government meeting, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Old Chapel. (The MMMA meeting is free and open to all, although registration is required.)
  • On Friday, November 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bockelman and Sunryd will host a “Cuppa Joe” event at the Post & Bean Café at the John W. Olver Design Building, where they’ll be available to talk about ICMA as well as Amherst municipal matters. 

For more information, email the chapter.

— Maureen Turner, communications manager, School of Public Policy

About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for research and teaching, preparing students for leadership in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.



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