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NxtGov in 2022: Call for Nominations and Volunteers

NxtGov in 2022: Call for Nominations and Volunteers

Want to make a difference alongside a group of individuals passionate about public service? Run for a NxtGov leadership position!

NxtGov recently received our official designation as a federal 501(c)6 non-profit organization and we’re kickstarting a new chapter of NxtGov. While our traditional programming will continue, in 2022 we will be focusing more of our efforts on building coalitions of volunteers to identify and pursue opportunities to help the State of California run more effectively and efficiently. 

To that end, we’ll be conducting Listening Sessions to better understand what issues and opportunities exist. The remaining listening sessions will be on Thursday, October 14th (virtual) and Thursday, October 21 (in-person), please go to our Upcoming Events for specific event details. The priorities that come out of the listening session will shape NxtGov’s priorities for 2022. If you want to help us achieve those priorities or if you’re looking for a way to connect, volunteer, and improve the impact of government, NxtGov is here for you!

Please find the list of available positions here. Nominate yourself or others by filling out this form. Email Collaborate@NxtGov.org with any questions! Leadership nominations will close Friday, October 29th and the new leadership team will start their work at the beginning of January 2022. Read on to learn more about NxtGov and what areas you can plug into!

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What is NxtGov?
NxtGov is a nonpartisan, service-oriented 501(c)6 nonprofit organization that works to improve the public sector so it can, in turn, better serve the public. The NxtGov community doesn’t just include people who work for the public sector; it also includes those who work with or are interested in public service more broadly.  

What Does NxtGov Do?

We know government works better when agencies, teams, and individuals work together. Unfortunately, collaboration doesn’t always happen, resulting in lost opportunities to learn from each other and build complementary policies and programs. 

NxtGov is a platform that supports these kinds of opportunities.  We strive to enhance the collaborative capacity of California’s governments by fostering a community that is committed to building bridges across government silos. 

As a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, NxtGov is overseen by its Board of Directors who is responsible for directing the administrative operations and guiding the programmatic actions of the organization. The Board Members include:

  • President: The President presides at all meetings; represents NxtGov at official functions
  • Vice President: The Vice-President acts in the President’s absence or at his or her request. 
  • Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for the funds of the Association, disbursing those funds as directed by the Board.
  • Secretary: The Secretary keeps all records and minutes of the Board and general meetings.
  • Membership Officer: The Membership Officer represents the interests of all members and actively demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion for all members.

NxtGov also has an Executive Council with four Directors: 

  • Community Engagement: Supports any members of the public who are interested in serving others and/or learning more about the public sector. 
  • Public Recruitment: Supports individuals who are looking and applying for jobs with the State of California’s Executive Branch. 
  • Professional Development: Supports the personal and professional growth of individuals employed by the State of California and their teams. 
  • External Communications:  This position supports NxtGov’s external communications between our program areas and the general NxtGov community. 

Anyone can get involved in any or all of the program areas above. If you’re interested, check out our website and email Collaborate@NxtGov.org to learn more! 

Am I Qualified to Help? 

Anyone with a passion for serving others is qualified to make a difference, regardless of experience or knowledge of the public sector! Individuals who are interested in learning about or improving the public sector can support NxtGov’s mission by participating in an event, leading a project, or serving as a member of NxtGov’s Leadership Team. There are many ways to plug in to NxtGov while gaining experience, and building our community of public servants! 

How Can I Get Involved?

If you would like to nominate yourself or others to join the NxtGov Leadership Team, please review the vacant position descriptions here and fill out this form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 29th. Nominations will be reviewed and confirmed by the Board at the end of November with the new leadership team taking office at the beginning of 2022. 

After receiving your completed submission, a member of the NxtGov Leadership Team will follow up with each nominee and potential volunteer to help align your interests with the operations of the organization. We look forward to working with you! 

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to email Collaborate@NxtGov.org

Community Engagement Events Update!

Community Engagement Events Update!

NxtGov would like to thank all who were able to donate or make it out to our SPCA Doggy Dash this past Saturday! We were able to raise some much-needed funds for the cause. The Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash raised over $133K. Keep reading to learn how you can join other NxtGov events!
The Doggy Dash was one of the first in-person social events that the NxtGov Community Engagement Team has held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we made several laps around Capitol Park, it was a nice opportunity to socialize, catch up on our lives, discuss plans for this year, and reflect on how we think the future of work will look as many departments consider how and when employees are expected to return to the office. This event provided some much-needed socializing and networking after more than a year of being on Zoom calls and staying at home.
The Doggy Dash was one of the first in-person social events that the NxtGov Community Engagement Team has held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we made several laps around Capitol Park, it was a nice opportunity to socialize, catch up on our lives, discuss plans for this year, and reflect on how we think the future of work will look as many departments consider how and when employees are expected to return to the office. This event provided some much-needed socializing and networking after more than a year of being on Zoom calls and staying at home.

Now that vaccines are readily available and community transmission of COVID-19 poses less of a risk, The NxtGov Community Engagement Team is looking forward to hosting more of its volunteer i events in person. Feel free to contact our team if you have ideas or suggestions of events you want the NxtGov Community Engagement Team to host or participate in. We hope to see you at a future event sometime soon!

Community Engagement in 2020

Community Engagement in 2020

Looking Back and Looking Forward

NxtGov Community Engagement Committee’s February Event

Written by Kelly Joy, Director of Community Engagement


This last year may go down in history for the worst of reasons, but even so, there was a lot of good that happened in 2020 that is worth celebrating. Some of this good came from NxtGov members volunteering with the Community Engagement Committee, many of whom found ways to give back to their communities while supporting themselves and their families. Although the Committee had far fewer options for community service events than in prior years, our team got creative and still found a range of causes to support that allowed us to follow public health guidelines for social distancing. I’m happy to report that, despite facing many unexpected challenges, our Committee stayed on track with our goal to support at least one cause per month in 2020. 

Before the pandemic hit Sacramento, NxtGov Community Engagement Committee members volunteered for three in-person events, including a Midtown Sacramento beautification event in January, a clothes sorting event for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services organization in February, and a Running for Rhett fundraiser in early March 2020. In late March, NxtGov had to make sudden changes in its programming to align with the stay-at-home orders.  Nevertheless, NxtGov was able to mobilize its professional network of passionate members to continue making progress towards our goals despite the new and unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic. 

While following all public health guidelines for social distancing, the Community Engagement Committee was able to able to support the Sacramento community in the following ways:

  • March: In the early days of statewide stay-at-home orders, we published an article about 12 Things You Can Do Right Now, which featured local causes in need of community assistance. 
  • April: We hosted an online fundraiser for Starting Point for Refugee Children, in which our members donated almost $500 that was used to purchase food and supplies for newly resettled refugees facing limited opportunities to engage with their new community in a different country. We also published an article sharing 11 Ways to Support People with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • May: The Committee created a “Choose Your Own Adventure” event supporting the Big Day of Giving, and cosponsored a fundraiser for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services organization. 
  • June: Our team promoted the “Takeout for Good” event, which encouraged our network to purchase meals from local restaurants that were hit hard during the pandemic. 
  • July: NxtGov members met in person for a socially-distanced trash pick-up event in Downtown Sacramento. 
  • September: Our team promoted a local blood drive through Vitalant, and also volunteered at a canvassing event that encouraged residents in low-response communities to complete the 2020 Census.
  • October: the Community Engagement Committee encouraged NxtGov members to participate in a letter-writing campaign benefiting Love for our Elders and the Prisoner Correspondence Project
  • November: we concentrated our messaging on the importance of voting in the 2020 general election. NxtGov also began its first-ever multi-month volunteer “event,” in which we encouraged members to sign up to volunteer as a tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides free tax returns for individuals and families that fall under a set income threshold. 

As the Director of the  Community Engagement Committee – and on behalf of the entire NxtGov Leadership Team – I want to personally thank all of the volunteers and donors that contributed to our events over the past year. You all helped us make a direct impact in our community during a time of great need, and we are incredibly grateful for your support.

NxtGov will continue to build off of our past work to collaborate with, serve and inspire others in 2021, with even more opportunities to engage with our community as well as with one another over the coming year. Whether we are meeting in person or online, we will be here. I hope you will consider joining us and continuing to build yourself while building up our efforts at NxtGov in 2021.

DISCLAIMER: This is an unofficial organization that is not connected to any one government entity.