Constituency Groups are groups and networks within the National League of Cities membership that share common interests and concerns. They have been established over the years to reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC's membership, and they work collaboratively with NLC to contribute to leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy, and program activities.
Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) is a constituency group whose mission is to provide Asian Pacific American municipal officials and their colleagues with a forum to share ideas and develop leadership experience.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO) constituency group is a voluntary association of local elected and appointed officials formed to encourage involvement in the organization and programs of the National League of Cities.
The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group was established by NLC in 1976 to serve as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues.
National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) was created in 1970 to represent the interests of African American elected officials. NBC-LEO's objectives include increasing African American participation on NLC's steering and policy committees to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities.
Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities. WIMG was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women municipal officials and their colleagues
Michelle Bernard, chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, will be this year's Celebrate Diversity Breakfast speaker at NLC's Congressional City Conference. The breakfast is cosponsored each year by NLC's five constituency groups: the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO, founder of the breakfast event); the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO); the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO); the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO); and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). It will be held on Monday, March 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Thurgood Marshall West and South Rooms at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
Ms. Bernard is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and other television networks. She is a regular political analyst with Hardball, Up, and The Daily Run Down. Additionally, she appears on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and The McLaughlin Group. She is a regular guest commentator on BBC Radio, National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Tell Me More with Michel Martin and is a contributor for The Hill's Political Pundits Blog, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post's She the People. She is also the author of Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013 as well as Women's Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before, and is a contributing author to the National Urban League's State of Black America and Lifetime Network's Secrets of Powerful Women: 25 Successful American Politicians Tell How They Got Where They Are.
An attorney by training, Ms. Bernard concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters. As a political and legal analyst, she has spoken on topics as varied as the historic 2008 presidential campaign and election, various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans and women, education reform and school choice, energy policy and security, foreign policy and national security issues, the war in Iraq and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East.
Prior to founding the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy, Ms. Bernard was a partner at the District of Columbia's Patton Boggs LLP. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Howard University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Georgetown University Law Center.
Tickets for the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast may be purchased at the on-site desk in the registration area during the Congressional City Conference for $35. This event will also feature the presentation of the annual NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Awards. For more details, call (202) 626-3164.
The groups, each led by a board of elected officers, meet at both NLC annual conferences and sponsor special activities and workshops throughout the year. NLC publishes a quarterly newsletter, Constituency and Member Group Report, which highlights activities of the groups and reports on issues of interest to their members. Most groups have a nominal membership fee.