Free Webinar: Improving Equity With the Right Tools
Recorded On: 10/20/2020
Is your local government exploring and implementing the right equity tools to understand the internal and external impacts of the organization’s decisions, policies, and procedures? This webinar's goal is to highlight tools local governments can implement to address and improve internal and external inequities. Participants will gain a greater understanding of why equity tools are important, learn about the tools some local governments are using, and how to right-size them for implementation in their own organizations.
This webinar will consist of a 60 minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
- Aimee Kane, PHR, Equity Program Manager,City of Boulder, Colorado
- Roberto Montoya, West Region Manager, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
- Siri Russell, Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Albemarle County, VA
- Manisha Paudel, Equity Coordinator, City of Des Moines, IA
This webinar, hosted by ICMA, was developed in partnership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).
ICMA Practice Areas:  Equity and Inclusion;  Policy Facilitation and Implementation
Equity Program Manager, Boulder, CO
As the City of Boulder’s Equity Program Manager, Aimee Kane is a trusted, compassionate and collaborative equity accomplice dedicated to addressing institutional racism and optimizing outcomes for those who experience the most marginalization. She is committed to advancing racial equity and improving outcomes for people by investing in their power through education, outreach and data driven strategic policy and program design. Aimee graduated with a BA in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from the University of Colorado and has been with the City of Boulder since 2005. People are what’s most important to Aimee who passionately believes none of us should have to go it alone.
West Region Manager, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
Roberto brings nearly 20 years of corporate, higher education, and governmental experience to Race Forward. Before joining the Race Forward team Roberto worked for the City and County of Denver as the Manager of Diversity and Engagement at the Denver International Airport (DEN). He is the founder and CEO of the Praximity Group, a diversity and equity consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of theory, practice, and place.
Roberto hosts a podcast called Theory Heads, that examines the relationship between theory and Hip Hop. He serves on the advisory board for the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, and is a member of the United States Tennis Association Colorado’s Hispanic Engagement Initiative Task Force. He has twelve peer-reviewed publications focusing on Latino Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity, Speculative Race Fiction, and Critical Race Parenting. Roberto holds a B.S. in Political Science from Colorado Mesa University, an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from Regis University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Denver
Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Albemarle County, VA
Siri Russell is the inaugural Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for Albemarle County, VA. Russell partners with other local government departments, community organizations, and individuals to promote inclusive community and equitable access to public services by creating alignment between equity & inclusion and the operations of the organization.
Equity Coordinator, City of Des Moines, IA
Manisha Paudel is the Equity Coordinator for the City of Des Moines, IA. She serves as the national co-chair of Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a membership network of local and regional government organizations working towards advancing racial equity. She sits on the Polk County Continuum of Care Board which aims to reduce and eliminate homelessness. Prior to this position, she worked City of Tacoma (WA) as Senior Policy Analyst, City of Dubuque (IA) as Human Relations Specialist, and City of Davenport (IA) as Management and Accreditation Analyst. She has traveled to Indonesia and the Philippines under the ICMA/Department of State Professional Fellows program to help implement a province-wide community engagement strategy and implementing projects led by young leaders.
She is also a trained facilitator on Intercultural Competency, Fair and Impartial Policing, and International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) model. Manisha holds a Qualified Administrator certification to conduct the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She has acquired her professional experience in Canada, East Timor, Eritrea, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Nepal, and the U.S.
Manisha has a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University-Chicago, and B.A.in International Relations from Drake University-Des Moines. She is also a trained facilitator on Intercultural Competency, Fair and Impartial Policing, and International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) model.
From child labor issues to environmental justice, Manisha is dedicated to focus her efforts on creating a just and equitable society for all. In her spare time, she likes to cook, eat at locally-owned restaurants, enjoy outdoors, watch documentaries, spend time with family, and explore the idea of belonging.