SDLF-image.pngBe Recognized as a Leader in Special Districts

In 1999, the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to provide recognition and certification opportunities to special district officials and employees to enhance service to the public. It is dedicated to excellence in local government.

To date, SDLF has designed and implemented the following programs: Certified Special District Manager (CSDM); Certificate in Special District Governance; District of Distinction Accreditation; and District Transparency Certificate of Excellence.

The Certified Special District Manager (CSDM) is for general managers and other management staff of the district, the Certificate in Special District Governance is for directors or trustees, District of Distinction Accreditation and the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence are programs for the district as a whole.


​Mission Statement

To promote and recognize excellence in the governance and management of special districts.

Vision Statement

​Every special district in California has well trained, knowledgeable decision-makers and engages the public through a transparent process.