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Executive Director 101: Politics and Funding

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  1. Executive Director 101: Politics and Funding

  2. Oakland San Francisco Silicon Valley Fremont/ Milpitas Palo Alto/ Mtn View Santa Clara/ Cupertino San Jose The Way To San Jose • Largest city in Bay Area • Nation’s 10th largest city • 3rd largest California city, after Los Angeles and San Diego • The urban center of Silicon Valley • 178 square miles • SJDA est. 1986; FY12-13 budget: $5.5 million

  3. Politics and funding are linked • New organization or mature? • • Good mayor or bad mayor? • Funding: diversify and focus

  4. All politics are local • Hostile public leaders vs. supportive • Establish your value • Relationships require nurturing • Staff lasts longer than politicians • Who needs to know? • Involvement in elections is risky

  5. Funding is your job • The Executive Director must feed the bear • Pros and cons of diversification • Assessment districts • Contract services • Earned income • Grants

  6. Managing politics of funding • Show me the money • Internal Coordination • Board/Finance committee • City/local government liaison • Be careful what you ask for • Know when to say “no” • Do the paperwork • Report out/tell your story

  7. Benefits You have joined a cult • Best practices abound • Your IDA colleagues are available • You are not alone