Whether you are a new or an experienced board secretary/clerk, continuing education is essential to keeping current on the many aspects of your job. In an effort to expand educational opportunities for this important position in special districts and to provide an opportunity to recognize individuals who invest the time in becoming trained in the various components of the job, CSDA created this certificate program. The Board Secretary/Clerk Certificate has become the gold standard for special district board secretaries and clerks throughout California. We invite you to participate as a first-time attendee to earn your certificate and come back year after year to advance your knowledge of special districts through new and exciting breakout sessions tailored for you.

Keynote Speaker

Ayanna Castro

Ayanna Castro

Being Extraordinary: It's An Inside Job

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Are you listening to your intuition when faced with tough decisions? Are you surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to be extraordinary? Do you have a plan for where you want to go and what you want to do? External influences can make you feel like you need to do and be more when you already have everything inside of you to be extraordinary. In this session, Ayanna will share strategies on how to embrace being the “total package” by:

  • Listening to the “Little Birdie” – Following your intuition to make better decisions
  • Having a Personal Board of Directors – Surrounding yourself with people who push you to do better
  • Managing Your 168 – Recognizing what’s really keeping you from doing what needs to be done
  • Creating a Mind-Mapped Action Plan – See your goals in a different way to create a better strategy for success
Ayanna Castro is an international speaker, life coach, and author with expertise in empowering others to realize their potential and overcome self-imposed obstacles in pursuit of their goals. As the Founder and Chief Maven of Work Your Package™, her mission is to encourage and equip others to enhance what they already have to become the “total package” and be extraordinary.

Known for her perfect balance of guidance, support, and hard truths, she is the “go-to” person for those embarking on new ventures or who have lost clarity on their goals.


Embassy Suites Monterey Bay Seaside 1441 Canyon Del Rey
November 7 - 9, 2022 - Monterey

Embassy Suites Monterey Bay Seaside
1441 Canyon Del Rey


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Experience the Conference

Experience the Conference

"Board Secretary was a great opportunity to invest in myself and career" quote by Melinda Harris, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District

CSDA Bookstore

The CSDA Bookstore has many great resources that can be of value to you and your district. Some of our highlighted products include:


Administrative Salary & Benefits Survey

The CSDA Administrative Salary & Benefits Survey is designed to provide you with the data necessary to evaluate the salary and benefits offered by special districts. It serves as a valuable management tool when reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating your district's own salary and benefits structure. 

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Sample Policy Handbook

Our collection of over 100 essential policies includes policies for board and board meetings, administration and financial management, and personnel. The newest edition of the CSDA Sample Policy Handbook is delivered on a USB drive in an editable format to allow you to customize your policies and make your own. 

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Brown Act Compliance Manual

This manual includes an overview of the Brown Act as well as guidelines and tips for complying with various meeting agenda, notice, public participation and public reporting requirements. CSDA thanks contributor Donald Davis, Esq. and the firm of Burke, Williams and Sorensen.</span >

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Compliance Poster

Required State & Federal Labor Law Poster

Your agency could be fined for not posting the most current state and federal employment notices in an area that is frequented by employees. To make it easy to comply, the CSDA Bookstore is now selling California & Federal Employment Notices posters. Enjoy special member pricing of $25 (plus shipping and tax) for each poster.

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