ICMA is the world's leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local government. As GW's student chapter, ICMA strives to provide graduate students with diverse, relevant and educational programming on issues surrounding local governments around the country. New students can join by emailing our listserv, [email protected], or by joining us for any future programs!
Aleida Fernandez is the President of GW's ICMA chapter for 2020-21. Aleida is originally from Salem, Oregon and graduated from Whitman College in 2015 with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Music. After graduation, Aleida moved to Washington, D.C. where she has worked at the Smithsonian, Federal Computer Week and currently at Cambium Assessment, Inc. (formerly American Institutes for Research). At Cambium, Aleida is a staff manager and consultant for state departments of education. In addition to her work, Aleida volunteers at Sitar Arts Center in NW DC. She is a second year MPA with a concentration in Budget and Public Finance. Her interest in local government evolved from her time in DC and seeing how a local government interacts directly with both state and federal governments.
Peter Duyshart is the Vice President of GW's ICMA chapter for 2020-21. He is from the greater Los Angeles, California area, and he graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Public Affairs as a member of the Class of 2016. Currently, Peter is a second year MPA student at the Trachtenberg School, with a concentration in Politics, Policy, and Administration. His interest in local government stems from his three years with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), a local government entity in the LA area. It was with the SGVCOG when he saw first-hand the important role that local governments play in providing tangible services and programs to their residents, advocating for resources for their jurisdictions, and coordinating in a collaborative manner with neighboring communities to improve quality of life.
Roger Johnson is the Treasurer of GW's ICMA chapter for 2020-2021. Roger is a current second-year joint JD/MPP student from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee magna cum laude with a BA in history. During his first year at Tractenberg he worked as an administrative staffer in a senate office and has professional experience in education and income tax filing. He will start coursework at GW Law School this fall. Roger's interest in local government was initially inspired by his father's work with local and state agencies as a social worker in Birmingham and his own experience in Birmingham City Schools as a debate teacher.