Research Portfolio

See some of GrassrootsLab's recent research work below. For a larger look at our work, please see our full Portfolio here

California City Manager 2015 Report

Drawing from GrassrootsLab's proprietary database and city manager biographies carefully compiled by the GrassrootsLab team, California City Manager 2015 Report offers a snapshot of the current pool of individuals who are charged with some of the most crucial responsibilities in city government. By highlighting significant statewide trends as they pertain to city managers' educational and professional background, annual salary, and gender composition, we can have a more concrete understanding of the professional path to municipal management.

In addition to exploring the commonalities among the 473 city managers who operate within California, the report also elaborates on the deficiency of female city managers. The study finds that only 19% of city managers in the state are women, a far higher proportion than national estimates, and yet nearly 7% below national figures for female chief executives across all industries. Neither the large pool of female city staffers, nor the increase in female majority elected councils seem to offer much of a solution.

Read the Full Report.

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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) worked to integrate economic research and data to its overall workplan, GrassrootsLab worked with dozens of local elected officials and city staff to identify best practices and success stories in local economic development. Final reports from GrassrootsLab research identified areas of potential opportunity for collaborative activity among local government organizations and connected cities with the high quality data generated by SCAG.


State Building & Construction Trades

The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) is to improve the health, jobs safety and economic conditions of the members of its affiliates, and of all working men, women and minors in the construction industry. GrassrootsLab has advised and conducted research on behalf of the Trades regarding local government activities and trends.

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