Emerging Leaders Membership Council

The Emerging Leaders Membership Council (ELMC) is a place created within ICC to accelerate motivated young professionals on a path to future leadership. It represents an opportunity to connect our current leaders with new talent and perspectives in hopes that we can shake-up convention and redefine success. It is a vehicle for those involved to grow professionally and create connections that will last a lifetime as those new members grow into involved and experienced mentors. Read more

We intend to grow our numbers, our involvement and our voice as we encourage our members to develop and learn. We hope that industry leaders will help us by sharing their experiences and teaching us the value of ICC as an institution in building safety.

Every single ICC member is welcome to our council. Please join us in a journey that will change lives, communities and careers for years to come.

–Andre Jaen, Past Chair
ELMC Governing Committee


The Emerging Leader Membership Council (ELMC) is open to all ICC Members but is focused specifically on Members age 35 and under and/or those Members who have been in a codes enforcement-related profession for less than 10 years. If you're looking to network with peers, to learn how to become more involved in professional activities and influence the direction of ICC will take in the future, enroll in the Emerging Leaders Membership Council today. Simply fill out the enrollment form, and ICC will be in touch with more details.


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The International Code Council Trailblazer Award recognizes an outstanding example of a mentor or leader who helped "blaze a trail" for the next generation of building safety professionals.

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Want to comment on the latest Emerging Leadership Membership Council news and discuss related emerging leadership activities? Visit ICC's discussion forums today!


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 Governing Committee

Kevin Gore, Chair, West Chester Borough, PA
Gregory Gilbert, Vice Chair, Portland, ME
Bonnie Muhigirwa, Secretary, Aspen, CO
John 'JC' Hudgison, Past Chair, City of Tampa, FL
Jacinda Cheatham, Massillon, OH
Alex Cook, Conway, SC
Kyley Flynn, Avarda, CO
Cody Gunn, Perry, GA
Brett Hanes, Henry County, GA
Tyler Jennings, Richland, WA
Cecilia Muela, Santa Rosa, CA

Board Liaison
Ron Clements, ICC Board of Directors

Staff Liaison
Richard Hauffe, Senior Regional Manager, Government Relations, International Code Council

Questions on the Council? Contact Ron Piester


Safety 2.0
The Code Council’s signature initiative to welcome a new generation of leaders to the building safety profession.

Building Safety Leadership Experience
An opportunity for members to engage with leaders and stakeholders at the Annual Conference and Expo.

Building Safety Career Path
 This Code Council initiative sets out the path for a successful career in building safety.
Your Building Safety career awaits.


Mentor Program
Participate in the valuable Mentor Program and help strengthen the future of construction trades.

Technical Training Program (TTP)
 An education program based on the International Residential Code® (IRC®) divided into six disciplines.

Chapter Leadership Academy
An event for ICC chapter leaders to strengthen leadership skills, network and discuss best practices.


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Code of Honor Scholarships
Provides funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to engage in Public Comment Hearings.

Vote for Your Codes
This campaign challenges new professionals to participate in the code development process.