Membership to the seven Policy and Advocacy Steering Committees is open on an annual basis to local officials from all member cities and towns. Committee appointees are selected by the president of the NLC board of directors, taking into account endorsements from state municipal leagues and NLC staff. Members are appointed to serve one-year terms with no term limits.
Members of each steering committee generally meet four times every year: at both the Congressional City Conference and Congress of Cities, as well as at spring and fall meetings. It is at these gatherings that the steering committees discuss advocacy strategies and craft specific NLC policy amendments and resolutions.