Chair: Adam Smith
City Manager/Municipal Executive, City of Grand Ledge
Adam Smith has had the opportunity to work in village, city, and county government since 2003. He currently serves as the city manager/municipal executive for the City of Grand Ledge.
Adam is a full member of ICMA and an active member of the Michigan Municipal Executives (MME). For many years, he has served as the MME Advocacy Chairperson and worked to place MPA student interns and fellows in communities throughout Michigan. He served on the MME Board of Directors from 2013-2016.
Adam currently serves on the MML Workers’ Compensation Fund Board of Trustees and has previously served as chair of the Michigan Municipal League’s Municipal Services Committee. Smith served as the MML’s City Manager Representative on the Elected Officials Academy Board of Directors for six years and received the League’s Special Award of Merit in 2013.
Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in both Public Administration and Sociology and a Master’s in Administrative Leadership from Central Michigan University. He has a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston and is a graduate of the Disney Institute for Leadership Excellence and the Gettysburg Leadership Institute. Adam also holds the designation of a Certified Labor Relations Leader from Michigan State University.
Through an array of workshops over the past several years, Smith has spoken with hundreds of elected officials, appointed officials, and municipal management personnel regarding effective Council-Manager relationships, municipal partnerships, innovation, and leadership. Adam remains committed to life-long learning.
Vice Chair: Lee Kilbourn
Mayor, City of Auburn
Lee has been mayor of Auburn since 2011 and previously served as mayor when elected in 1981. He has served in several community organizations and the Auburn-Williams Fire District for 25 years. He is currently a member of the Auburn-Williams Lions Club, the Auburn Downtown Development Authority, and the Auburn-Williams Intergovernmental Committee. Lee graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in business. He and his wife, Kathy, are second‑generation owners of their family’s 57‑year‑old furniture business and proud grandparents of two children.
City Council Member, City of Durand
Brian Boggs has more than 18 years’ experience in local government and is currently the Shiawassee County Administrator and a longtime member of the Durand City Council. Brian is an Assistant Professor for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programs in International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. He has written extensively on educational organizational complexity, specifically as it affects urban schools and policy. He has most recently been published in Teacher’s College Record at Columbia with a piece titled, “Conceptualizing Virtual Instructional Resource Enactment in an Era of Greater Centralization, Specification of Quality Instructional Practices, and Proliferation of Instructional Resources.” Further, he has published book chapters in: Handbook of Urban Education Leadership; Handbook of Education Politics and Policy; School to Prison Pipeline; Emerging Issues and Trends in Education; Beyond Marginality; and Educational Policy Goes to School. He has also been published in the Journal of School Public Relations. Brian holds a Ph.D. in educational policy from Michigan State University and is currently finishing his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He holds an MA in Rhetoric and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.
City Manager, City of Novi
Victor Cardenas joined the City of Novi as Assistant City Manager in October 2010. He was named Interim City Manager in November 2022 and was selected as City Manager in June 2023. For twelve years, Mr. Cardenas assisted the City Manager in developing program strategies to achieve City Council goals and to improve the quality of life in Novi. He coordinates day-to-day operations and ensures integration of services among City Departments as well as the dependable delivery of high-quality services while conserving community resources.
Mr. Cardenas instituted a citizen relationship software that has greatly improved Novi’s receipt of service requests and workflow management and created a digitized version of the City’s Capital Improvement Program.
He continues to be active with the International City/County Management Association, being elected to the Board of Directors in 2020, the Michigan Municipal Executives and multiple committees, associations, and organizations throughout the region. Additionally, he sits on the boards for the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan and the Michigan Library Network.
Mr. Cardenas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University. Victor and his wife Kathryn live in Novi have three children, Lewis, Reina, and Emerson.
Mayor, City of Berkley
Bridget Dean was first elected to Berkley City Council in 2019 and re-elected in 2023. She and her husband have lived in Berkley since 2005 and have two grown children. Bridget has owned the knit shop “…have you any Wool?” in Berkley for twenty years. Being both a resident and business owner gives her a unique perspective and compliments the skills already on City Council.
Bridget has been active in numerous organizations, as a member and vice chair of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority and several of its committees, and as a member and board member of the Greater Berkley Chamber of Commerce. Bridget has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work, both from the University of Michigan.
Mayor, City of Midland
Maureen has more than five years of experience as a municipal official, and has served as mayor of Midland since 2009. She has been the Executive Director of The Reece Endeavor of Midland, a community program providing homes for individuals with special needs, since 1998. Maureen is also active in the Midland community, serving on various local and regional civic organizations.
City Manager, City of Bridgman
Juan has 25 years of experience in local government. He served as the Community Development Director for the City of Niles from 1998 to 2015 and has since served as City Manager for the City of Bridgman. Juan graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a BS in Urban and Regional Planning and earned his Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 2007. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Michigan Municipal Executives’ Ethics Committee and is actively engaged on boards and committees within Berrien County.
Mayor, City of Zeeland
Kevin has more than 28 years of experience in local government. He has been Mayor of the City of Zeeland for the last 12 years and previously served the city as a Councilmember for 16 years. Kevin has been involved with the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) for the last 12 years and was elected to its Board of Directors several years ago.
City Manager, City of Munising
Devin has five years’ experience as a municipal official, having served as Munising’s City Manager since 2014. Devin has also served on MML’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for three years.
David J. Tossava
Mayor, City of Hastings
David has over twelve years’ municipal experience and has served as mayor of Hastings for two years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Mayors.
Dan Gilmartin (Ex Officio)
Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Dan is the executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. Through his work with communities, Dan is recognized as a national leader in the fields of urban revitalization, placemaking, local government reform, and transportation policy.
Under Dan’s leadership, the League powers innovative programs and practices that improve communities in Michigan and beyond. He is a frequent national and international speaker. In recent years, he has given presentations internationally including in China, Sweden, Australia, and Denmark, and across the nation—from Los Angeles to D.C. to Vermont. In 2018, Dan gave highly publicized testimony before a U.S. Congress Senate Committee on behalf of local governments nationwide regarding state and local transportation infrastructure needs.
In 2018, Dan added podcast host to his resume on the Economics of Place podcast, part of the League’s We Love Where You Live podcast series. He is a frequent blogger and a contributing author to the books The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People and the follow-up Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities.
Dan is actively engaged in the National League of Cities and previously served on the NLC’s board of directors. In 2018, he was selected to the NLC’s National Task Force on Housing and in 2015 was a member of NLC’s President Election Task Force.
Prior to his current position, Dan served for four years as the lead advocate for Michigan’s communities in Lansing and Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on a number of key issues including transportation, land use, and urban redevelopment.
Dan is a Michigan kid, a Detroit native (and booster), and currently resides in the historic downtown of Northville, Michigan with his wife, Lori, and two young sons.
Fund Administrator, Michigan Municipal League
Mike oversees all administrative, financial and regulatory aspects of the League’s casualty and worker’s compensation insurance programs. He is responsible for implementing the policies of the insurance program governing boards and for reporting operating results to the boards and League members. Mike has been with the League since 1990. Before his appointment as Director of Risk Management in 2004, he held the positions of Claim Manager and Assistant Director of Risk Management. Mike also spent eight years with a national insurance carrier as a multi-line claims supervisor. A 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan – Dearborn, Mike is currently pursuing the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.