Leadership Fellows

The principal mission of the Leadership Fellows is to support the National League of Cities in its efforts to promote excellence and innovation in the arena of local government leadership development and local government leadership education.

About the Fellows

Up to 40 champions of education and training for municipal leaders are selected each year as Leadership Fellows.  These Fellows promote NLC University offerings; cultivate leaders within the organization; strengthen peer networking and support among leaders committed to professional development and lifelong learning; increase connections to state municipal league educational programming; field-test new educational platforms or learning models; and provide feedback on the overall program.

Role of NLC Leadership Fellows

  • Outreach to colleagues to promote NLC University offerings.
  • Cultivation of leaders within the organization.
  • Peer networking & support among leaders committed to professional development & lifelong learning.
  • Increasing connections to state municipal league educational programming.
  • Field testing new educational platforms or learning models.
  • Providing feedback on the overall program.


  • Up to 40 members
  • Local officials, city staff, and state league staff

Appointments Process

  • Appointed by the NLC President
  • Please note: the application process is suspended for the 2015 calendar year, due to a restructuring of the current Leadership Fellows model. The 2014 Leadership Fellows are currently serving a two year term until the changes have been implemented.

Meeting Schedule

NLC Leadership Fellows will gather at the Leadership Luncheon during each of the NLC conferences. The Chair and Vice Chair will create short-term task forces as needed to achieve key goals; these work groups will meet during the two annual conferences, the Leadership Summit and/or by conference call.

2015 NLC University Leadership Fellows

Rap Hankins, Chair, Trotwood, OH
Todd Kinsey, Vice Chair, League City, TX
Ron Alderman, Fairburn, GA
Neal Andrews, Ventura, CA
Craig Barnes, Queen Creek, AZ
Ruthanne Beilue, Houston, TX
Darius J. Brown, Wilmington, DE
Rene Bullock, Commerce City, CO
Wally Campbell, Goodyear, AZ
Sara Caylor, Ottawa, KS
Chris Claybaker, Camden, AR
Carolyn Comitta, West Chester, PA
Antonette Dorris, Maywood, IL
Jacobia Dowell, Nashville, TN
Ron Garcia, Brea, CA
Phillip, Goldstein, Marietta, GA
Dejerilyn, King Henderson, Troy, AL
Steve Henderson, Roswell, NM
Elizabeth Hurst, Fairburn, GA
Karen Johnson, Nashville, TN
Velma Johnson, Midfield, AL
Randi Knott, Sacramento, CA
Stan Koci, Bedford, OH
Sheri Lauritano, Goodyear, AZ
Carlo Leone, Peoria, AZ
Mike Lester, Broken Arrow, OK
Richard Madison, Bryant, AR
LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte, NC
Sandra Means, Rochester, MN
Denise Mitchell, College Park, MD
Mary Moriarty Adams, Indianapolis, IN
W.L. Pate, Beaumont, TX
Lita Handy- Peters, DeBarry, FL
Jermaine Reed, Kansas City, MO
David Sander, Rancho Cordova, CA
Barbara Staggs, Trotwood, OH
Maurice Taylor, North Little Rock, AR
George Thomas, Meridian, MS
Tony Thomas, Savannah, GA
Allan Van Ness, Kenmore, WA
Angelia Williams, Norfolk, VA
Michael Zinkin, Oro Valley, AZ