Diversity Dashboard

The ELGL Diversity Dashboard is the first ever data collection on the gender, race, age, and veteran status of local government chief administrative officers and assistant chief administrative officers.

Click here to check out the data, charts, and stories from the Diversity Dashboard.

The Dashboard includes the data sets from self-reported data from approximately 2,000 local governments across the country. This data is arrayed into an OpenGov dashboard with charts and stories about the findings, as well as the option to create your own reports and cross tabulations.


Chief Administrative Officers are managers, administrators, mayors, etc. The acronym CAO is used in the Dashboard for these positions. Assistant Chief Administrative Officers are assistant managers, assistant administrators, deputy mayors, clerks, etc. The acronym ACAO is used in the Dashboard for these positions.


To date, collection of this information has been limited to membership organizations, without examining these facets of leadership across the different forms of government at the local level, or in organizations that have not historically affiliated with those membership groups.

ELGL wants to break down these siloed data collections to allow for a greater understanding of the diversity (or lack thereof) of local government leaders. All data in the Diversity Dashboard is self-reported, meaning that representatives from the local governments included in the Dashboard responded to surveys and that information is arrayed in the Dashboard.

Data is arrayed using the OpenGov platform, so users can sort, filter, and engage with the data to aid their understanding and learning. Organizations that did not respond to multiple requests to complete the self-reporting survey are excluded from the Diversity Dashboard. Organizations that responded to the survey but did not answer all questions are included, but shown as non-responsive on the question(s) that were not answered.

Data will be updated frequently as more organizations successfully complete surveys for inclusion in the Dashboard. If your organization has not yet completed a Diversity Dashboard survey, it’s not too late! Complete the survey online here.

Thank You

This project is funded by donations from an October 2017 Kickstarter campaign. We continue to rely on our grassroots ELGL network, state municipal and county associations, ICMA, the League of Women in Government, and other public service organizations across the country as we distribute surveys and collect data for this important research effort. Special thanks to the graduate student Research Coordinators and Research Managers who started this data collection with outreach and engagement with local governments of all sizes across the U.S.

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