Marc A. Ott


Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

Marc A. Ott was named executive director of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, in December 2016.  ICMA is the authority on leadership and management for appointed professional managers and administrators serving U.S. and international local governments.  As executive director, Ott oversees a workforce of 100 employees and a budget of more than $30 million.

Prior to joining ICMA, Ott served for nine years as city manager of Austin, Texas (2008-16).  While in Austin, in 2011, Ott was one of only six senior public sector administrators worldwide—including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Vienna (Austria), and Melbourne (Australia)—that were highlighted for their exceptional local management practices in the CAO Chronicles of Public Sector Digest.  In 2013, he was recognized with ICMA’s highest professional honor—the Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane—for his creative approach to such challenging issues as budget deficits, homelessness, infrastructure management and education.

In his long and distinguished career in municipal management, Ott was also assistant city manager for infrastructure services for the City of Fort Worth, Texas (2002-08) and city administrator in Rochester Hills, Michigan (1998-2002).  After stints as assistant city manager and deputy city manager, he became the city manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan (1993-97).  He also held leadership and support roles in the cities of Grand Rapids and Jackson, Michigan (1982-90) and served as staff assistant to the Michigan Municipal League (1981-82).

Ott earned his BS in management with a concentration in economics and his master’s in public administration from Michigan’s Oakland University.  He is also a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Innovation.