Tai Sunnanon

Tai Sunnanon officially takes the helm as Executive Director of ICA

Tai Sunnanon
Tai Sunnanon

After a rigorious and transparent search for a full-time Executive Director, the 18-member Board of Directors for Independent Cities Association selected their Interim Executive Director, Tai Sunnanon, to become its full-time Executive Director.

Since June 2017, Tai has been responsible for re-organizing the operations and infrastructure for ICA, while growing its membership base to nearly 40 cities, ensuring successful conferences and bringing in new business partners.

Mark Henderson (Councilmember, Gardena), incoming ICA President, applauds the work of the ICA Board and affirms the selection of their Executive Director, “Tai and his team at the strategic insights group embody professionalism and tenacity in assisting our organization to see our vision through. They are more than support, they are collaborative partners in the success of ICA as we serve our members and communities.”

Tai’s track record speaks for itself. His 22-year career as a social entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and Harvard Instructor have helped to elevate the brand and status of ICA. Previously, Tai founded several nonprofits, was an inscructor at leading universities and served his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Palau. In Spring 2019, he will be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Tai speaks 7 languages and has won several national awards, including Presidential Scholar and U.S. Military Community Service Medallion. Tai completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned his MPP and EdM degrees, and holds a BA from UCLA.

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ICA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960. It is made up of 38 member cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on public safety, education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities. ICA holds two Annual Seminars bringing together city council members, other city officials and business partners for the purpose of collaboration, networking, and knowledge exchanging. The Winter Seminar (held in January) addresses public safety and the Summer Seminar (held in June) focuses on contemporary issues.

Julian Gold

Independent Cities Association is proud to announce Board Member Dr. Julian Gold has been sworn in as next Mayor of the City Beverly Hills, California

ICA Interim Executive Director, Tai Sunnanon, Mayor Julian Gold
ICA Interim Executive Director, Tai Sunnanon, Mayor Julian Gold

Beverly Hills Councilmember Dr. Julian Gold was sworn in as Mayor of Beverly Hills, CA on March 20, 2018 and serves on the Board of Directors for Independent Cities Association (ICA). Mayor Gold is the 5th sitting mayor on ICA’s Board, along with Mayors Sean Ashton (Downey), Gary Boyer (Glendora), Maria Pulido (Bell Gardens) and Peter Sham (Alhambra).

The Installation Ceremony, held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, was attended by ICA Interim Executive Director, Tai Sunnanon.

Mayor Gold was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2011 and served as mayor in 2015. Dr. Gold previously served on the Recreation and Parks Commission and on the Traffic and Parking Commission, of which he was chairperson. He is also a graduate of Team Beverly Hills, class of 2002.

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ICA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960. It is made up of 38 member cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on public safety, education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities. ICA holds two Annual Seminars bringing together city council members, other city officials and business partners for the purpose of collaboration, networking, and knowledge exchanging. The Winter Seminar (held in January) addresses public safety and the Summer Seminar (held in June) focuses on contemporary issues.

Independent Cities Association is proud to announce Sean Ashton has been sworn in as next Mayor of the City of Downey, California.

Councilmember Sean Ashton was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Downey, CA on December 12, 2017 and serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Independent Cities Association (ICA). Mayor Sean Ashton becomes the 5th sitting mayor on ICA’s Board, along with Mayors Vivian Romero (Montebello), Gary Boyer (Glendora), Peter Sham (Alhambra), and Maria Pulido (Bell Gardens).

Mayor Sean Ashton was elected to serve the residents of Downey in November 2014. He is a teacher for LAUSD and has taught at Heliotrope Elementary School for the past 19 years. At Heliotrope, Mayor Sean Ashton as served on the School Based Management/School Site Council, Student Council Committee, and Literacy Committee.

Mayor Sean Ashton has also served as commissioner on Downey’s Green Task Force from 2011 to 2014. He was twice elected as chairperson of the Green Task Force by the other commissioners.

[Photo: Left- ICA Executive Board Member, Sean Ashton; Bottom (l-r)- ICA Interim Executive Director, Mayor Sean Ashton)]

Independent Cities Association a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960. It is made up of 35-member cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.

 

Independent Cities Association Co-hosts 7th Annual All Cities Holiday Party.

Independent Cities Association is proud to have co-hosted the 7th Annual All Cities Holiday Party with League of California Cities, Contract Cities and BizFed on December 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Los Angeles.

The event brought over 200 elected officials and business leaders together to celebrate a great year of partnerships.

Special guests included John Chiang, CA Treasurer; Miguel Santiago, CA Assemblymember (53rd District); and Jeffrey Prang, LA County Assessor, to name a few. [Representing ICA above (l-r): Tony Vazquez, Treasurer; Mark Henderson, President-Elect; and Tai Sunnanon, Interim Executive Director]

Speaking about ICA’s bold vision and continued support of public safety and public utilities was Mark Henderson, President-Elect (left).

Independent Cities Association a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit created in 1960. It is made up of 35-member-cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and public safety that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.

Independent Cities Association is proud to announce Maria Pulido has been sworn in as next Mayor of the City of Bell Gardens, California.

Councilmember Maria Pulido was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Bell Gardens, CA on November 4, 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for Independent Cities Association (ICA). Mayor Pulido becomes the 4th sitting mayor on ICA’s Board, along with Mayors Vivian Romero (Montebello), Gary Boyer (Glendora), and Peter Sham (Alhambra).

Mayor Pulido was appointed to the Bell Gardens City Council in November of 2014. Mayor Pulido has continuously thrived to excel and increase in the knowledge of the many ongoing City projects and the responsibilities she has been entrusted with.

As part of her agenda, Mayor Pulido wants her city to continue to provide essential services in the areas of public safety, youth programs, educational programs and outreach for the senior citizens of this community. Mayor Pulido continues to attend a variety of City events and community meetings, which include Neighborhood Watch meetings, Senior Citizens events and community outreach events.

Independent Cities Association a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960. It is made up of 35 member cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.