About Us


Publication: 2013-10-22



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Center for Management Strategies



  • Local Government Managers

  • CMS PartnersOUR PARTNERSHIPS -- Collaboration is the core concept behind the Center for Management Strategies. From our enhanced research work with the Alliance For Innovation and Arizona State University to our collaboration with leading practice service providers, the Center's partners can deliver the education and technical assistance you need to implement innovative strategies and produce the performance results you seek.

  • Alliance For Innovation

  • Arizona State University

  • Cheryl HilvertCheryl Hilvert serves as the director for the Center for Management Strategies. A retired local government manager with over 31 years of service in the state of Ohio, Hilvert most recently was city manager for Montgomery, where she served for over 14 years. Other municipal experience includes work as city manager and assistant city manager for Fairfield, Ohio; economic development director for the city of Forest Park, Ohio; and assistant to the city manager for Wyoming, Ohio. Hilvert has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Chair of the Senior Executive Institute Advisory Board, Hilvert also serves as a board member for the Alliance for Innovation. She also has served as an ICMA Midwest Regional Vice President; president of the Ohio City/County Management Association; and president of the Greater Cincinnati Area Local Government Management Association. An ICMA Credentialed Manager, Hilvert has been inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni for Eastern Kentucky University and was named a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA. She was named 2010 Public Administrator of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ASPA; and, along with her colleagues at the city of Montgomery, was the recipient of the 2011 ICMA Program Excellence Award for Strategic Leadership and Governance.