Curious about the gender of the local government leaders in your county? Look them up in this tool! The lookup table allows you to search the gender coding for every top appointed executive and top finance official we have coded in our database (as of June 2022).
Whether a local government is considered to have a top appointed executive is based on Power Almanac’s assessment of the duties and responsibilities of the role. To be considered a top appointed executive in this dataset, a person must be appointed by the elected governing body and be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the government. Based on this assessment, approximately 9,500 of the 21,000+ local governments in our data base were coded as having a top appointed executive (and zero local governments in Hawaii!).
Using the historical Social Security baby name database, CivicPulse researchers then computed the probability that the first name associated with each top appointed executive in Power Almanac’s database has been associated with a man or a woman. Each name that could be coded with greater than 97% confidence was then assigned a gender. If you identify a record that may need updating—particularly if the gender label of an official is nonbinary—please use this form to submit a correction.
For further information about the gender-coding methodology, please see the FAQ.