Government needs to close racial pay gaps in its workforce

14%. That’s the estimated racial/ethnic pay gap between employees of color and White employees across California’s civil service workforce, a new report [link to report] finds. While that may seem like a relatively small difference, that 14% pay gap can add up to a salary or wage disparity of approximately $10,000 each year.

The problem becomes only worse when one compares the average pay of historically underrepresented minorities (URM, which includes Black, Hispanic/Latin@, and American Indian communities), and females of color with the average pay of higher paid males, such as White and Asian males. In fact, analysis of publicly available data show that pay gaps between some females of color and White males reach an upwards of 36%.

What is driving these race and gender pay inequities?

This analysis, prepared by Hinnaneh Qazi, as part of her UC Berkeley Masters of Public Policy Graduate capstone project, in partnership with the California’s Health in All Policies Task Force, shows that the these disparities are largely a result of overrepresentation of females of color in part-time and seasonal work, concentration of URM employees in lower paying occupations as opposed to higher paying occupations groups, and White employees being more likely to hold management positions, especially the highest paid management positions. Using supplemental data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS), the paper also illustrates that pay inequality persists even after controlling for educational attainment.   

Moving forward, the State has the opportunity to investigate what is causing those inequities – and examine underlying issues related to recruitment, outreach, retention, culture, and/or promotion. NxtGov supports work like this through our program areas, but it takes more than that. We believe our workforce should equitably reflect the diversity of our state, especially in Sacramento, one of the most diverse cities in the nation.

California is a leader in shedding greater light on the State’s gender pay gap. They’ve also taken significant measures to mitigate it, from the passage of the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) in 2015 and a bill in 2017 (AB 168) which bans employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s salary history. This year, members of NxtGov participated in unfocus groups applying UX principles to assess the use of current state tools that could be improved to increase professional development.

It’s now time to take on racial pay inequities in addition to and in intersection with gender equity – and other cities, states, and the federal public sector should follow suit.

To view the full report, click here.

 


¹State demographic data only captures an employee’s sex (whether an employee reports being male or female), and does not collect gender identify information.

August Opportunities

July Successes and August Opportunities from NxtGov!

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the devastating wildfires in California. Please visit the Statewide Wildfire Recovery Resources website at wildfirerecovery.org for information and assistance.

Opportunities to Get Involved

When: Thursday, August 30, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

WhereBottle and Barlow

Our last happy hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on August 30!

 #WaterDataChallenge and National Day of Civic Hacking
Did you know up to 1 million Californians lack access to safe drinking water? Californian state entities and other partners launched a summer data challenge to try to tackle this problem.
Learn more about the challenge hereOn August 11th, 2018, join the Code for America Brigades for a nationwide day of action that brings together civic leaders, local governments, and community organizations to tackle some of our toughest challenges.
RSVP for the OpenOakland event here

Welcome New NxtGov Ambassadors!

NxtGov is thrilled to welcome 4 new members of the NxtGov Ambassador Program. We recently held a fun meet and greet to get acquainted and chat about the work ahead. We look forward to the insight and creativity these new Ambassadors will bring to NxtGov.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement Updates

More volunteer opportunities! The Community Engagement Committee plans to add reoccurring volunteer events in addition to our bimonthly planned events. To determine which organization to partner with on an ongoing basis, we have two August events planned. Join our committee to help us plan!

*New monthly meeting times*
When: Second Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM
Where: Old Soul in the Alley (unless otherwise noted).

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

NxtGov Volunteers at the Sac Food Bank and Family Shelter

When: Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Family Services Campus
3333 Third Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817Please join us for an evening of service with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services! NxtGov will support this organization’s clothing program, which distributes clothing to those in need.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting clothing, organizing the program area, and helping shoppers with finding items.

We are in need volunteers and would love to have you participate in this evening of service. So please contact Sergy El-Morshedy at sergyelmorshedy@gmail.com if you want to lend a hand, or if you would like to be notified about similar volunteer activities in the future!

RSVP for the event here!

Alchemy CDC Stand at Midtown Farmers Market

 

When: Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: 20th Street between J and L StreetsAlchemist CDC operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers’ markets. The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers’ Markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. If you like meeting new people and hanging out at the farmers’ market, this is a great opportunity to do that, while making farmers’ markets a more equitable resource for low-income populations.

RSVP for the event here

Professional Development

 Managing your Boss Workshop Takeaways

NxtGov and Upgrade Training joined forces to provide a series of workshops that make careers in the civil sector easier, more effective, and ultimately more rewarding.

This first workshop was a combination educational and networking event where participants learned about different types of difficult bosses. We are exploring other training themes.

Click here if you want to hear about future events!

8 Step Path to Innovation
When: Thursday, August 16, 8:00 – 10:30 AM

Where: Department of General Services – 707 Third Street West, Sacramento CA 95605
Cost: FREE!

Learn about the 8 steps you can take to make government innovation a reality. This workshop is free and open to all. See you there!

RSVP for the event here!

How Can Government Embrace Innovation Without Fear?

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

Government is risk-averse, and for good reason; but when risk-aversion paralyzes and disables progress and evolution, it’s time for government employees to seek out other options to design and deliver public services. Amidst the layers of bureaucracy, government employees often struggle to see how their work makes an impact. How can employees make the change they want to see in the world? The answer may lie in the evolving world of agile-methodologies and user-centered design.

What if public servants worked directly with the user of a government service in order to deliver immediate value? Passionate public servants could find an opportunity to test out ideas and make adjustments more quickly and effectively than through the traditional path of change in government.

The Challenge
NxtGov Ambassadors and the NxtGov Executive Team considered these issues and developed this challenge statement for fellow public servants:

Users First: Embracing Innovation without Fear

User expectations and our employees’ ability to deliver collaborative, innovative, holistically effective processes and services are dependent on having a flexible and trusting environment that allows us to be experimental and build upon innovative ideas without the fear of failure or repercussion.

How might we eliminate restrictive practices that impose an expectation of perfection and finality that exclude the end-user of the process or service? How might we change the current “traditional” practices that impede our workforce from being agile and adopting human-centered design practices in our daily work?

  • Do you want to cultivate your good ideas into solutions that give value?
  • Do you want to team innovative pathways to California’s most challenging enterprise problems?
  • Do you want to create a culture that can sustain, advance and accelerate services to society?

You Can Help Us Find the Answers

NxtGov is partnering with ORA Systems Inc., APSEA, GovOps and others in the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) Training program. The program will address this issue (and others) with help of this year’s cohort of Leaders, Innovators and Change Agents in government.

Are you a government employee interested in participating in the Cal-IPGCA Cohort 2018? One lucky NxtGov member will qualify for a scholarship to participate in this year’s program. Applications are due July 31st.

Feel free to reach out to our NxtGov leadership team or see here to learn more about the Cal-IPGCA program. The program takes place from August 9th- December 6th.

Apply Now

Learn More

July: Sun, Professional Development, and More!

Summer is here! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​

Have a fun and safe holiday!

 

Opportunities to Get Involved

 

Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Apply by July 20!
Scholarship Available

Cal-IPGCA Cohort 2018 is seeking state government employees who see themselves as Leaders, Innovators and Change Agents…is this you?

  • Do you want to cultivate your good ideas into solutions that give value?
  • Do you want to team innovative pathways to California’s most challenging enterprise problems?
  • Do you want to create a culture that can sustain, advance and accelerate services to society?

Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series. From August 9 – December 6, Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

Want more information? Attend the Informational Workshop on July 12 from 11:30 – 12:30 at DGS. Register here for the informational workshop.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!
We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship. Application deadline is July 20. Register today! Cal-IPGCA Program Registration Form

NxtGov Ambassador Program – Now Accepting Applications!

 

As a platform of change in government, NxtGov is re-opening applications to the Ambassador Program to increase our community of rising stars from across California state government. These stars represent the next generation of leaders and are a resource to incoming and current civil servants that are looking to make a difference.

As a NxtGov Ambassador, you will be active in connecting public servants you know with all the opportunities NxtGov has to offer. In this role, you will represent your organization at inter-departmental roundtable discussions on issues, concerns, questions, and ideas to strengthen our workforce and better serve California.

Attend an Information Session to learn more or apply today. Applications will be accepted through July 22.

Can’t make it to an info session? Check out the ambassador program informational presentation here!

Monthly Happy Hour

Our last happy hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on July 26!

Project Birthday Party was a Success!

 

Thanks to everyone for making our Project Birthday event on June 30 a big success! Through the support of countless NxtGov members, donors, and volunteers, we were able to host a birthday party at the Salvation Army Transitional Home. We had a blast and look forward to future collaboration with Project Birthday!

To help plan or participate in future community engagement events, please contact meagantokunaga@gmail.com about joining the Community Engagement Committee!

Next Week  – “Personal Budgeting and Finance 101, Made Fun” Lunchtime Workshop

 

When: Wednesday, 7/11, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: California Department of Social Services – Room 205 Auditorium OB9 or online via webinar
Cost: Free
Audience: Current civil service employees
Join Brian Diamond as he helps you reduce some stress in your life by teaching you how to get in control of your finances. 
  • Learn how to create a BUDGET and be in control of your finances
  • Understand where your MONEY goes, and why a budget is necessary
  • Discover things we do in our daily life that sabotages our FINANCES
  • Tips for you to decrease your monthly SPENDING and live beneath your means

Save the Date!  – “Managing Your Boss” Workshop

 

When: Wednesday, 8/1, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Urban Hive
Cost: $12 (includes refreshments)
Audience: Current civil service employees
Register Here

NxtGov and Upgrade Training are joining forces to provide a series of workshops that make careers in the civil sector easier, more effective, and ultimately more rewarding.

This first workshop is a combination educational and networking event where participants will form alliances and share experiences on working with demanding and difficult bosses.  Attendees will walk away with a task list of tangible actions they can take to improve their most important working relationship.

This two hour workshop will be presented by Bo Tyler who has trained over 3000 state employees and 700 state managers.

Space is limited so register as soon as possible! Registration is required to attend the event.

 

NxtGov has partnered with various organizations to administer Demystifying State Jobs or How to Get a State Job 101 workshops and speaking engagements to encourage civic-minded people and young adults to consider a career in public service. As these partnerships continue to grow, we hope to promote internship and mentorship opportunities. Contact us about the Recruitment Program for more information.

June Opportunities

​It’s June! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​
Same great content, new look!
Heads up! We have decided to give our newsletter a new look.

We’ve separated content by the program area it relates to (e.g., check out Project Birthday Party under Community Engagement) and in other Opportunities to Get Involved.

Thanks to our team, we will also be giving our website a makeover. Check it out and tell us how we can improve it.

Community Engagement
Project Birthday Party

Volunteer with NxtGov at our June event, Project Birthday Party!

When: Saturday, June 30, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Salvation Army – E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center, 3845 Annadale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95821

Join us as we host a birthday party for kids in need! The mission of Project Birthday is to brighten and celebrate the lives of those in need by providing birthday parties and gifts to children living in shelters and transitional housing throughout the Sacramento area. We have the opportunity to partner with this great organization by organizing and hosting our own party!

Your help is needed to plan the event, bring supplies, provide birthday gifts, and play games with the kids at the party. We have lots more to bring and plan, so please contact meagantokunaga@gmail.com if you can provide supplies or attend the event!

Professional Development


The NxtGov Professional Development Committee is looking to identify membership needs in the area of professional development. Have ideas for professional development events or tools that could help our members develop as professionals in public service? Give us your ideas for what you’d like to see, and stay tuned for exciting events and opportunities to come.

Recruitment 

NxtGov has partnered with various organizations to administer Demystifying State Jobs or How to Get a State Job 101 workshops and speaking engagements to encourage civic-minded people and young adults to consider a career in public service. As these partnerships continue to grow, we hope to promote internship and mentorship opportunities. Learn more about the Recruitment Program by clicking here!
Opportunities to Get Involved
Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Apply by July 20!

Are you a California state employee with a desire to be a change agent in government? Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series.

From August 9 – December 6Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. It occurs in both a classroom and work-based environment, with both full-time and part-time training opportunities for employees at any organizational level.

Innovation teams develop Moonshot Projects through a sequenced 8-Step Path, from Innovation Priorities (IPs) that reflect State of California enterprise-wide challenges.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!

NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship.

Application deadline is July 20. Register today!

Go to Registration Form

Program Instructor Opportunity

The California Center for Civic Participation (CCCP) is looking for an energized individual who can support our Women in Politics youth program. The program is a three-day conference taking place July 25-27 in Sacramento for female high school students interested in learning more about public service.

The applicant should have an interest and passion for young women’s personal, professional, and political development. This is a paid stipend position. If chosen, you will be compensated $500 for the conference. For more information, visit www.californiacenter.org.

If interested, send your resume and application to Carson Watts at cwatts@californiacenter.org or by fax at 916-443-2297 no later than Friday, June 15.

Happy Hour

When: Thursday, 6/28, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WhereBottle and Barlow

 

The May 31st Happy Hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on June 28!

May Opportunities

It’s May! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​
Happy Public Service Recognition Week

 

NxtGov is happy to support Public Service Recognition Week May 7th – 11th!

Being a public servant is no small task. One of the main reasons why NxtGov exists is to bring pride into public service! There is no better way to do this than to celebrate our work and recognize public servants!

There will be appreciation events with speakers, entertainment and more in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento!

The Sacramento event will be May 10th at 11:30am in the North steps of the Capitol.

We hope you join us in celebrating public service throughout the week by:

 

  • Attending the Sacramento Appreciation event May 10th
  • Sharing your public service story on social media and tag #PSRWCA and #PSRW
  • Support and share our social media posts throughout the week. One of our own NxtGov Ambassadors will be featured in them 😉

Learn More

Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Scholarship and New Dates

Program Date Change!

Are you a California state employee with a desire to be a change agent in government? Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!

From August 9 – December 6, 2018, Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. It occurs in both a classroom and work-based environment, with both full-time and part-time training opportunities for employees at any organizational level.

Innovation teams develop Moonshot Projects through a sequenced 8-Step Path, from Innovation Priorities (IPs) that reflect State of California enterprise-wide challenges.

NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship.

Go to Registration Form

Franchise Tax Board ARM Leadership Day

Members of the NxtGov E-Board were happy to represent our organization at a leadership panel moderated by GovOps Secretary Batjer on May 2nd at the Franchise Tax Board. We had the opportunity to inspire leaders from multiple levels to join our NxtGov movement!

 

Their leadership values resonate with our own. We were grateful to be part of an event that is developing leaders who embody the MOVERS perspective.

  • Motivate
  • Be Open Minded
  • Have Vision
  • Engage
  • Rise
  • Serve

We look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with the attendees and commend them on their commitment to be great state leaders!

NxtGov Committees

 

Interested in being actively involved in NxtGov and planning engagements? NxtGov Ambassadors and the NxtGov Board are forming committees that you could be part of!

  • Recruitment Committee- Help demystify state work for potential applicants and recruit them into public service
  • Professional Development Committee- Have ideas for professional development events or tools that could help our members develop as professionals in public service?
  • Community Engagement Committee- Interested in establishing partnerships with local non-profit organizations and providing volunteer opportunities for our members and our partners?

For more information reach out to our nxtgov email and let us know which committee or committee’s you’d be interested in!

New Bicycle Commuter Program Policy

 

Good news! Effective May 1, 2018, the State of California will voluntarily provide a taxable Bicycle Commuter Program (Program) benefit to eligible state employees. The Program encourages employees to consider bicycle commuting as a means of active transportation.

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) will administer this Program to:

  • Promote health and wellness, and sustainable commuting practices.
  • Defray some of the costs a bicycle commuter may incur.

Active state employees who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in CalHR’s Online Human Resources Manual – Bicycle Commuter Program Policy may submit claims to receive $20 for each calendar month in which they commute a substantial portion (at least 50 percent of the days they are scheduled to work in a calendar month) by bicycle, up to a maximum of $240 per calendar year.

Happy Hour

When: Thursday, 5/31, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bottle and Barlow 

We had the pleasure of meeting local government folks and new people at the April Happy Hour! Thank you to NeoGov for sharing the mission of NxtGov with their local Sacramento customers!

We look forward to seeing you all May 31st at the NxtGov Happy Hour!

April Opportunities

 

 Get Involved
Volunteer with us! April Community Engagement with the Food Literacy CenterWhere: Leataata Floyd Elementary School, 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento, CA 95818
When: Saturday April 21, 12-2pm
RSVP/Questions: meagantokunaga@gmail.comThe Food Literacy Center’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. They teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, environment, and economy.

We can support this great organization at the Sacramento Food Film Festival, which celebrates food paired with films about our food system! On April 21, community leaders will gather for the first public experience on the future headquarters site.

The evening will feature small plates and bites from an all-star cast of local chefs, a “school lunch” dinner prepared by Sacramento Unified School District’s Nutrition & Food Services and a feature film from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital! (FMI: https://www.foodliteracycenter.org/film-festival)

Volunteers will come before the event to help unload equipment and supplies; set up stations for chefs, kid chefs, and Americorps; and set up cafeteria for dinner service.

Please sign up on the new volunteer form and bring a friend! Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and see you soon!

Sign Up


Monthly Happy Hour – Thursday, April 26Join us at Bottle & Barlow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Network with NxtGov members, meet members of the NxtGov board, and exchange experiences.Check out Facebook for more details. See you there!


Updates
Inspiring students into a career in public service!

NxtGov members gave a panel presentation on March 27 to the UC Berkeley Democracy Camp which brings together college students interested in public service careers. A big thank you to those who were able to share their story with these students, including Briana Mullen who we are proud to have as one of our NxtGov Ambassadors!

A student commented after the panel: “Thank you for taking the time to really talk to me and letting me know how the process actually works. I got to say, making time for me, or anyone for that matter really makes a difference! Keep up the good work.”

If you are interested in being on a future panel, contact our recruitment lead, Carlos Aguilera, by clicking below. 

I’m Interested

NxtGov Executive Board RetreatThe NxtGov Executive Board had its first ever strategic planning retreat on March 25. We had fun brainstorming the potential and opportunities that our group has to empower public servants and break the silos of government!


NxtGov and Accenture: International Women’s Day #GettingToEqual

NxtGov was invited to help co-lead the design-thinking session at Accenture’s #GettingToEqual event at the end of March. Thank you to Accenture for the shout out on Twitter!


Our Executive Sponsors
We are grateful to have gathered executive sponsorship from department leaders and expect the support to continue to grow. Their sponsorship allows us to bring in leaders when discussing issues or themes affecting our workforce. Join the movement!Some of our sponsors include:

  • GovOps
  • California Department of Technology (CDT)
  • CalHR
  • State Library
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Health and Human Services

March Opportunities

We’ve got some exciting opportunities for you.

Check out the latest ways to get involved, share your perspective, and learn more about what we’ve been up to.


Get Involved
Inspire students into a career in public service!
When:  Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: 1130 K Street LL22, SacramentoJoin NxtGov as we partner with the UC Berkeley Democracy Camp by providing mentorship to college students interested in public service careers! NxtGov will organize a panel. It’s your opportunity to talk about your journey to public service and provide tips on how to get a state job. We have a PowerPoint presentation available for this and will work with panelists to prepare for the session. We need 4 – 5 volunteers!

If you are interested in being on a panel, contact our recruitment lead, Carlos Aguilera, by clicking below. We will need a short bio by Friday, March 9 for all presenters.

I’m Interested

March 16 – Dinner and Silent Auction to Support Thomas Edison Language Institute
NxtGov has been invited to support the Thomas Edison Language Institute – the only Spanish immersion program in the San Juan Unified School District. The majority of the students served by this program are from low-income families, and most are English learners including many refugees from Afghanistan and Syria.
Join us March 16 at 6:30 PM at the Sierra 2 Community Center to show our support for their work. Individual tickets are just $25 and includes dinner, live music, and access to the silent auction. NxtGov has reserved a table for 8 at the event! Join us there or come on your own. If you’re unavailable to attend but would like to donate to the program, please use this link.Feel free to reach out with any questions.


Monthly Happy Hour – Thursday, March 29Join us at Bottle & Barlow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Network with NxtGov members, meet members of the NxtGov board, and exchange experiences.Check out Facebook for more details. See you there!


Share Your Perspective – Improve Public Service
Redesigning the Individual Development PlanNxtGov hosted two sessions in February about what works and could be better about Individual Development Plans, and we’re interested in gathering even more input. Please use this survey to provide your feedback by March 30.


Testing CalHR’s Redesigned Recruitment WebsiteCalHR has invited NxtGov to test their new job wizard for the CalCareers website. This new featured is scheduled to be released at the end of March. Please request the test link and send your feedback by March 12.


Updates
NxtGov Ambassador ProgramAs a platform of change in government, the NxtGov Ambassador Program has brought together 18 rising stars from 14 organizations across California’s government. These stars represent the next generation of leaders and are a resource to incoming and current civil servants that are looking to make a difference.

Our NxtGov Ambassadors had their first meeting on Tuesday, February 27th. This meeting provided a foundation for the work this incredible group of emerging leaders in public service will be doing together over the coming year. Check out our website for more information about the NxtGov Ambassador Program and keep an eye out for updates on who the ambassadors are and the NxtGov projects they’re contributing to.


NxtGov Panel at Upward Bound – Yuba CollegeOn Saturday, March 3, NxtGov had the opportunity to meet and speak to 28 high school students in the Upward Bound Program, a pre-collegiate program at Yuba College for high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is designed to motivate and prepare students, with academic potential, for success in education beyond high school. We had the chance to share our stories from college to career and answer questions about college and public service.


Our Executive Sponsors
We are grateful to have gathered executive sponsorship from department leaders and expect the support to continue to grow. Their sponsorship allows us to bring in leaders when discussing issues or themes affecting our workforce. Join the movement!Some of our sponsors include:

  • GovOps
  • California Department of Technology (CDT)
  • CalHR
  • State Library
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Health and Human Services

NxtGov February News

 

We’ve got some exciting announcements to share.

Happy Birthday to NxtGov!
A special message from our founder, Angelica Quirarte.
A year ago we launched NxtGov with the mission to redefine the meaning of public service and break the silos of government that impede us from adapting to a changing world. We never imagined that we’d start a movement of movers and shakers across all sectors! We are deeply inspired by the level of engagement you’ve each given and look forward to continuing to work with you to INSPIRE others to COLLABORATE and bring pride back into public SERVICE!
Join us Thursday, February 22!

We’re excited to welcome representatives from NeoGov to be our guests at our February happy hour. NeoGov works with governments across the country and would like to network with NxtGov members and exchange experiences.
Join us at Bottle & Barlow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Check out Facebook for more details. You won’t want to miss this one!


CalCareer Chatbot Demo
NxtGov has been invited to a special preview of a new feature on the CalCareers website. A chatbot will be released to make the application process easier to navigate. Join us in being part of the team that makes this a useful feature!We will have two sessions:

  • Feb 16th at 10 am in person at CalHR
  • Feb 20th at 11 am webinar

Contact Angie at Angelica.quirarte@govops.ca.gov for more information.


Community Engagement with CalYMCA
When: Saturday, February 17 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM and Sunday, February 18 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1030 5th StreetJoin NxtGov as we partner with CalYMCA by providing mentorship to high school students interested in public service careers! Thank you to those who have volunteered!

Through the annual Youth and Government conference, NxtGov will speak to hundreds of high school students visiting Sacramento through two panels. The topic of our panels is your experience working for the state and the work you do to improve civil service. Why does civil service matter? How does state government improve the lives of Californians?

If you are interested in being on the panel or would like to help coordinate, contact our community engagement lead, Meagan Tokunaga, by clicking below.

I’m Interested
Redesigning the Individual Development Plan Form
In your civil service experience, have you ever filled out an Individual Development Plan (IDP)? If so, was it useful? IDPs are intended for staff professional development.As part of the ongoing Civil Service Improvement Initiative, GovOps Secretary Batjer is inviting NxtGov to assess the form and provide recommendations for redesign and improvement.We will be forming a working group and conducting sessions in late February and early March. If you’re interested in learning more about this, please contact Angie at angelica.quirarte@govops.ca.gov.
Next Generation of Public Service (Infinite Earth Radio)
Angie and Danielle of NxtGov’s executive board had the honor of sharing why they got into civil service as young women, what younger collaborators bring to the table, and how NxtGov is empowering the next generation of public service leaders.


Our Executive Sponsors
We are grateful to have gathered executive sponsorship from department leaders and expect the support to continue to grow. Their sponsorship allows us to bring in leaders when discussing issues or themes affecting our workforce. Join the movement!So far we have sponsors from:

  • GovOps
  • California Department of Technology (CDT)
  • CalHR
  • State Library
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Health and Human Services

January Reminders

Happy Hour
When: Thursday, 1/25, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bottle & Barlow on 1120 R StWe hope to see you for this month’s happy hour at Bottle & Barlow! Come and say hi to old friends and meet new ones who share the desire to make a difference in the community by improving the public sector environment.
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Ambassador Program

NxtGov received many applications from employees all across the public sector to be apart of the Ambassador Program! This program was designed to allow members build partnerships with other sectors, represent their organization, and share perspectives on issues California state government faces. Many thanks to those who applied. We look forward to the great work we’ll be doing together to support the mission of NxtGov.We will be accepting applications again in the near future!

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Redesigning the IDP with NxtGov
Redesigning the Individual Development Plan FormIn your civil service experience, have you ever filled out an Individual Development Plan (IDP)? If so, was it useful?
IDPs are intended for staff professional development. As part of the ongoing Civil Service Improvement Initiative, GovOps Secretary Batjer is inviting NxtGov to assess the form and provide recommendations for redesign and improvement.We will be forming a working group. If you’re interested in learning more about this, pleasecontact Angie at angelica.quirarte@govops.ca.gov.
Executive Sponsorship
Our Executive Sponsors
We are grateful to have gathered executive sponsorship from department leaders and expect the support to continue to grow. Their sponsorship allows us to bring in leaders when discussing issues or themes affecting our workforce. Join the movement!
So far we have sponsors from:
  • GovOps
  • California Department of Technology (CDT)
  • CalHR
  • State Library
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Health and Human Services
Join the Movement

Lunchtime Workshop: Invest in Your Future with Savings PlusThis past Tuesday, members had to opportunity to sit in on a free lunchtime workshop to learn more about your financial planning options with Savings Plus.  A ton of relevant information was shared including retirement plans that the state offers to all employees and how to go about contributing to a 401(k) plan!  The presentation material will be posted on our website soon.

Click below to see the recorded video of the presentation!

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Coming Up in February
Community Engagement with CalYMCA
When: Saturday, February 17 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM and Sunday, February 18 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1030 5th StreetJoin NxtGov as we partner with CalYMCA by providing mentorship to high school students interested in public service careers! Through the annual Youth and Government conference, NxtGov will speak to hundreds of high school students visiting Sacramento through two panels. The topic of our panels is your experience working for the state and the work you do to improve civil service. Why does civil service matter? How does state government improve the lives of Californians?If you are interested in being on the panel or would like to help coordinate, contact our community engagement lead, Meagan Tokunaga, by clicking below.
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CalCareer Chatbot Demo
When: February 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Where: Online WebinarAs part of NxtGov’s work we’ve been invited to a special preview of a new feature on the CalCareers website.  A chatbot will be released to make the the application process easier to navigate.  Join us in being part of the team that makes this a useful feature!If you are interested in learning more, contact Angelica Quirarte by clicking below.
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