Access the Leading HR Through COVID-19 Webinar Series, which will be conducted by attorneys and experts from CalGovHR's partners to discuss the rapidly evolving matters related to COVID-19 issues and how they impact the workplace. The Leading HR Through COVID-19 Webinar Series will be offered to all public agency and nonprofit organization attendees at no cost. 


“Racism in America and at Work – HR’s Role in Building a Better Future for All”

Click on the links above for free resources and learn how CalGovHR is leading the way towards advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace across California. 

Loretta van der Pol - 2020 Award Recipient Marianne M. Tonjes Pioneer Achievement Award
CalGovHR Administration

Loretta van der Pol - 2020 Award Recipient Marianne M. Tonjes Pioneer Achievement Award

Who We Are

A Legacy of Excellence in California-Specific HR

CalGovHR is an innovative, responsive, and professional organization dedicated to the growth of California public sector and nonprofit human resources professionals.  Our mission is to render training programs to HR professionals that fosters their professional competencies and career growth, to maintain the ethical standards of accountability of our profession, and to support the development of HR professionals throughout all stages of their career.

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Welcome to


The Gold Standard for California HR Since 1988


Our Acclaimed Training Programs

SHRM and HRCI recertification credits are available for all of our training programs. Some programs are also eligible for attorney MCLE credits. See below for more information.


CalGovHR California-Specific HR Institute & Certification™

2019 Institute & Certification Training at

October 21 - 24, 2019 - Harris Ranch (Coalinga)

The California-Specific HR Institute Professional Development Workshops are ideal for new human resources professionals entering public sector HR, as well as for those wanting to expand their skills into new areas. Each workshop packs all the technical basics of public sector HR functional areas, including: talent acquisition, classification and compensation, benefits, and labor relations into an intensive, one-day program. Join the growing number of human resource professionals who have relied on CalGovHR’s professional development workshops to ensure excellence in these fundamental HR functions, and take advantage of these excellent opportunities for networking with other human resource professionals from other public agencies.

2020 Public Sector Labor & Employment Law Updates

Returning January - February 2020

With the arrival of a new year, 2020 is expected to bring a variety of new legal and legislative changes affecting the field of public sector human resources. Join a panel of renowned attorneys as they discuss the various changes that affect human resources. Additional registration information will be available shortly.

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2020 CalGovHR Conference & Expo

Super Early Bird Registration Now Open -

Only $449/pp!

(March 11 - 13, 2020)

The 2020 CalGovHR Conference and Expo™ features five extraordinary programs over the course of three days, all for one incredible “all inclusive” price, including: 1) technical training and “hands on” experience-based workshops; 2) legal updates; 3) concurrent sessions on the topics of talent acquisition, benefits & wellness, labor relations, workers’ compensation, investigations, succession planning, and social media; 4) networking breakfasts, lunches and social/buffet dinner with live entertainment; and, 5) career coaching with executive recruiters. The 2020 Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country between March 11 - 13, 2020.

HR Emerging Leaders Retreat 2.0 -
Now Accepting Applications

October 25 - 27, 2019 - Harris Ranch (Coalinga)

A first-of-its-kind initiative in the nation, the Retreat will offer a unique opportunity for emerging public sector human resources professionals seeking professional growth to develop the leadership traits and competencies to succeed in the role of a Chief Human Resources Officer. Based on national, state, and local statistics, retirement and succession planning continues to be a focus for government service, and the Retreat was designed specifically to meet the industry needs for CHROs in the public sector. With a robust curriculum designed by some of the state’s top CHROs and trainers, you will leave the Retreat feeling energized and prepared to meet the ever-changing demands of public sector human resource management.

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Additional Upcoming Trainings:


2022 CalGovHR Conference & Expo™

(March 9 - 11, 2022) - SAVE THE DATE
Sonoma, California

"We reimagined CalGovHR to become California’s most innovative organization to partner with public sector and nonprofit HR professionals. We focus on California-specific HR knowledge and expertise, while partnering with national HR organizations to promote best practices and standards in HR governance and operations throughout our industry. We truly offer the best of both worlds to meet all of your professional development needs."

Gene Boucher, President
Chief Human Resources Officer, Union Sanitary District


Connect with CalGovHR

Get in touch with CalGovHR to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

909 Marina Village Pkwy #191, Alameda, CA 94501

Toll Free: (866) 9-CALGOV

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