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Women Leading Government Honors City Manager Patricia Martel with 2014 Career Excellence Award

Women Leading Government presented Patricia E. Martel, City Manager of Daly City, with the 2014 Career Excellence Award, at the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) 2014 Women’s Leadership Summit Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. Women Leading Government is a professional organization committed to the development of women leaders in the field of public service. The award recognizes forward thinking women leaders who are dedicated to the field of local government, committed to personal and professional development, and who demonstrate high standards toward making positive changes throughout their communities and organizations. Martel, Excellence, Award, MMANC, Women in Government, Women Leading Government

Women Leading Government Chair Carol Jacobs presented Martel with the award and stated, “Pat is an adaptable leader who is a role model for all women in the city management profession and we are proud to present her with this award.”

“I am deeply honored to receive this award and the recognition of my colleagues. It is inspiring to see so many women serving in executive leadership roles in local government today. I am reminded daily of the meaningful difference that women are making as local government professionals and leaders in our communities,” stated Martel.

During more than thirty years in local government, Martel has held executive management positions with several California municipalities including the cities of Inglewood, South San Francisco, and Daly City where she previously served as the Assistant City Manager from 1995-2001. In 2001, she served as the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which serves over two million people in the Bay Area. In 2005, the City Council of Daly City unanimously appointed Martel as City Manager.

Martel has had the distinction of being named City Manager in Residence at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service—serving as a resource and advocate for local government. In addition, Martel’s past honors include being named the Latino Heritage Month Local Hero by KQED Public Broadcasting and Kaiser Permanente in 2004; 100 Most Influential Business Women in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times in 2003; and Top 100 Women Business Leaders in the Bay Area by the business journal in 2002.

Martel has demonstrated a strong commitment to the next generation of leaders and has supported their training and development by supporting the creation of the Regional Training and Development Consortium, a collaborative among cities in San Mateo County and the County of San Mateo. Furthermore, she has been an active mentor coaching young professionals on all aspects of their career through the CAL-ICMA Coaches Gallery. CAL-ICMA is the state affiliate of the International City/County Management Association, the premier leadership and management association of professional local government managers. Martel previously served as the West Coast Regional Vice President on the ICMA Board of Directors.

Women Leading Government (WLG) is an initiative established in November 2006 by the Cal-ICMA Preparing the Next Generation Committee. Organized by female managers of California’s cities, counties, and special districts, WLG’s mission is to assist female managers in their career development and advancement. For more information about Women Leading Government, visit