National League of Cities Announces 2017 Leadership and Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH — November 19, 2016 — The National League of Cities (NLC) today named its 2017 leadership and board of directors at its annual City Summit in Pittsburgh. The membership elected Councilmember Matt Zone of Cleveland to serve as NLC's 2017 president, Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Arkansas as first vice president, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana as second vice president.

All officers are selected by the nominating committee and are elected by NLC's membership to serve a one-year term. NLC's 2016 president, Councilmember Melodee-Colbert Kean of Joplin, Missouri, will serve as the organization's immediate past president.

2017 National League of Cities Officers:

  • President: Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland
  • First Vice President: Mark Stodola, mayor, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Second Vice President: Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Ind.
  • Immediate Past President: Melodee Colbert-Kean, councilmember, Joplin, Mo.

The State Municipal League Executive Directors on the NLC Board of Directors:

  • Jerry Deschane, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • Erik Sartorius, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • Ken Smith, Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Shari Veazey, Mississippi Municipal League

Additions to the NLC Board of Directors:
Members of the Board of Directors nominated for either a two-year term or one-year term (marked by an asterisks)

  •  JoAnne Bush, mayor, Lake Village, Ark.
  •  Wally Campbell, councilmember, Goodyear, Ariz.
  •  Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz.
  •  Matthew Appelbaum, councilmember, Boulder, Colo.
  •  Thomas McCarthy, council president, Bridgeport, Conn.
  •  Frank Ortis, mayor, Pembroke Pines, Fla.*
  •  P.C. Wu, councilmember, Pensacola, Fla.
  •  Patrick Wojahn, mayor, College Park, Md.
  •  Jermaine Reed, councilmember, Kansas City, Mo.
  •  Donald Groesser, Mayor, Ralston, Neb.*
  •  Craig Thurmond, Mayor, Broken Arrow, Okla.*
  •  Dennis (Denny) Doyle, mayor, Beaverton, Ore.
  •  Kathy Maness, councilmember, Lexington, S.C.
  •  Larry Green, councilmember, Houston
  •  Karen Johnson, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  •  Jasmine Gore, councilmember, Hopewell, Va.
  •  Bill Peloza, councilmember, Auburn, Wash.
  •  Andy Ryder, mayor, Lacey, Wash.*

The Entire 2017 National League of Cities Board of Directors:

  • Chris Anderson, councilmember, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Matthew Appelbaum, councilmember, Boulder, Colo.
  • Ricki Barlow, councilmember, Las Vegas.
  • Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles
  • JoAnne Bush, mayor, Lake Village, Ark.
  • Wally Campbell, councilmember, Goodyear, Ariz.
  • Cora Cole-McFadden, mayor pro tempore, Durham, N.C.
  • R. Blake Crosby, executive director, North Dakota League of Cities
  • Jerry Deschane, executive director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • Dennis (Denny) Doyle, mayor, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Johnny Dupree, mayor, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Greg Evans, councilmember, Eugene, Ore.
  • Chris Glover, councilmember, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Jasmine Gore, councilmember, Hopewell, Va.
  • Larry Green, councilmember, Houston
  • Donald Groesser, mayor, Ralston, Neb.
  • Kris Gulick, councilmember, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Wes Henderson, executive director, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
  • Elizabeth Hurst, councilmember, Fairburn, Ga.
  • Karen Johnson, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Van Johnson, mayor pro tempore, Savannah, Ga.
  • Jungus Jordan, councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Patricia Lockwood, mayor pro tempore, Fenton, Mich.
  • David Luna, councilmember, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Kathy Maness, councilmember, Lexington, S.C.
  • Thomas McCarthy, council president, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Doris McConnell, councilmember, Shoreline, Wash.
  • Gene McGee, mayor, Ridgeland, Miss.
  • Jeff Moore, councilmember, Longmont, Colo.
  • Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz.
  • Lou Ogden, mayor, Tualatin, Ore.
  • Frank Ortis, mayor, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 
  • Salvatore Panto, Jr. mayor, Easton, Pa.
  • William Peduto, mayor, Pittsburgh
  • Bill Peloza, councilmember, Auburn, Wash.
  • Joel Price, mayor, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Jermaine Reed, councilmember, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Andy Ryder, mayor, Lacey, Wash.
  • David Sander, mayor, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  • Erik Sartorius, executive director, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • Gerri Schroder, councilmember, Henderson, Nev.
  • Judy Silva, councilmember, New Hampshire Municipal Association
  • Ken Smith, executive director, Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Matthew Surrency, mayor, Hawthorne, Fla.
  • Craig Thurmond, mayor, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • Priscilla Tyson, president pro tempore, Columbus, Ohio
  • Shari Veazey, executive director, Mississippi Municipal League
  • Deverick Williams, council president, Gadsden, Ala.
  • Lavonta Williams, councilmember, Wichita, Kan.
  • Vince Williams, mayor, Union City, Ga.
  • Kim Winn, executive director, Virginia Municipal League
  • Patrick Wojahn, mayor, College Park, Md.
  • P.C. Wu councilmember, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Gil Ziffer, city commissioner, Tallahassee, Fla.

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