Conference Committee

Participation is by invitation only to local government and consultant members.

Mission: To lead the organization’s planning and development of the annual conference.

Objectives: 

  • Conduct an educational and engaging national conference

  • Convene NATOA’s Annual Business Meeting

  • Bring NATOA’s membership together for networking/fellowship opportunities

Conference Committee

Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts
Policy Analyst City & County of San Francisco (628)652-5161
Co-Chair
Michael J. Russo
Michael J. Russo
Director City of Calabasas (818)224-1633
Co-Chair

2020 Accomplishments:

The Conference Committee began meeting in November 2019 to work on the Annual Conference program. The committee was excited to return to Denver and to develop a fun and educational event to celebrate our 40th Annual Conference.

Planning was put on hold in March and the difficult decision was made to cancel the in-person event and hold a virtual event during the same dates. Registration was launched in July and included the full virtual event, access to recordings of the sessions through the remainder of the year, and a post-conference webinar series. A scholarship fund was established to assist those whose budgets were negatively impacted due to the pandemic.

The agenda was modified to allow for participation across different time zones, and the sessions were updated to cover current topics. The conference featured two pre-conference workshops and three days of sessions, roundtables, small group discussions, a general conference chat and specific session chat features, and a virtual exhibit floor.

Incorporated virtual elements such as quarantine bingo, a coloring contest, goodie bags sent via USPS, $5 Starbucks e-gift cards, and a gamification points contest.

2021 Meetings & Events:
  • Programming Track Subcommittee: Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 PM Eastern

  • Policy Track Subcommittee: Wednesday, March 25, 1:00 PM Eastern