Constituency Groups to Focus on Supporting NLC’s Legislative Agenda

March 4, 2013

By Mary Gordon

At this year's Congressional City Conference, NLC's five constituency groups are convening special sessions and events to host discussions on public policy issues and engage their leaders in expanding membership recruitment.

All of the groups are cosponsoring the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast on Monday March 10 from 7:30am-9:00 a.m., cosponsored by Comcast and founded by NBC-LEO. This event is open to all NLC registered delegates, and tickets are $35 on site. This year's keynote speaker is Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network and Host, MSNBC's "PoliticsNation."

Three of the constituency groups will also host a joint reception on March 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the neighboring Omni Shoreham Hotel, Hampton Ballroom, East Promenade, Lobby Level. This reception sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO), Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO), and the League of California Cities -Latino Caucus. Cosponsors are NLC Capstone Partner ICMA-RC and Corporate Partners Comcast, Wells Fargo and Local Search Association.

Immigration Focus of WIMG Luncheon

Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar
founding president and CEO, Voto Latino

Under the leadership of President Mary Brown, Councilwoman, Gary, IN, Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) will convene its Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, March 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. It will host its Membership Luncheon on Monday, March 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood Marshall West, Mezzanine Level.

This year's luncheon keynote speaker will be Maria Teresa Kumar, founding President and CEO, Voto Latino. Ms. Kumar will offer remarks about the effects of comprehensive immigration reform and its impact on women and families. Ms. Kumar is an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. A dynamic community leader, she was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and by PODER Magazine as one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth themselves to empower a generation of young voters. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over 225,000 new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.

She serves on the national boards of Planned Parenthood and the Latino Leaders Network, and is a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, opinion writer for national publications, and speaker at major conferences including NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, and TEDx. She started her career as a legislative aide for then Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis. The cosponsors of the luncheon are NLC Capstone Partner ICMA-RC and NLC Corporate Partners Comcast, Wells Fargo and Cigna.

APAMO Focus on Supporting NLC's Legislative Agenda

From left, Councilmember Gilbert Wong, Cupertino, California and APAMO immediate past president, and APAMO President Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California.
From left: Councilmember Gilbert Wong, Cupertino, California and APAMO immediate past president, and APAMO President Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California.

The Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) will hold its Business Meeting on Sunday, March 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in the Coolidge Room, Mezzanine Level. The meeting is open to all NLC registered delegates. A major item up for discussion will be APAMO leaders' plans to return to Washington in May to help support NLC's advocacy efforts by meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the issues.

APAMO President Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California, said, "APAMO has been at the forefront of municipal leadership within the Asian Pacific Islander community. I am honored serve as President of APAMO, and we will continue to ensure that all voices are represented at policy-making decisions not only at the local level, but also at the national level."

In addition to Mayor Low, the APAMO Board of Directors include the following officers: Steven K. Sham, Councilmember, Alhambra, California (First Vice President); Suzanne Chan, Councilmember, Fremont, California (Second Vice President); Doris McConnell, Councilmember, Shoreline, Washington (Treasurer) and Gilbert Wong, Councilmember, Cupertino, California (Immediate Past President). At-Large Board Members are Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Councilmember, Duarte, California; Ling-Ling Chang, Councilmember, Diamond Bar, California; Leland Cheung, Councilor, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Conrad Lee, Deputy Mayor, Bellevue, Washington; Edwin Lee, Mayor, San Francisco, California; Polly Low, Mayor Pro Tem, Rosemead, California; Madison Nguyen, Vice Mayor, San Jose, California; and Anthony Spitaleri, Mayor, Sunnyvale, California.

NBC-LEO Presents City Cultural Diversity Awards

From left, NBC-LEO President Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilwoman, East Orange, New Jersey with former NLC Past President Jim Hunt, Councilman, Clarksburg, West Virginia
From left, NBC-LEO President Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilwoman, East Orange, New Jersey with former NLC Past President Jim Hunt, Councilman, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Under the leadership of President Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilwoman, East Orange, New Jersey, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) is presenting its annual City Cultural Diversity Awards at this year's Celebrate Diversity Breakfast at the NLC Congress of Cities. This year's award program chair is Adam McFadden, Councilmember, Rochester, New York.

In addition to the breakfast, the NBC-LEO Board of Directors will convene on Sunday, March 10, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Membership Business Meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. NBC-LEO will convene its Member Networking Open House (formerly known as the New Member Orientation) on Sunday, March 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both of these meetings are open to all conference delegates.

NBC-LEO will also be hosting a fellowship Event Out at the Fish Market in Clinton, Maryland as part of its membership activities on Sunday, March 10, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the NLC registration desk.

NBC-LEO's officers are: Jacquelyn Johnson, councilmember, East Orange, New Jersey (president); Adam McFadden, councilmember, Rochester, New York (president-elect); James Walls, mayor, District Heights, Maryland (first vice president); Priscilla Tyson, councilmember, Columbus, Ohio (second vice president); Lonnie P. Hughes, councilmember, East Orange, New Jersey (treasurer); Jacobia Dowell, councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee (assistant treasurer); Lavonta Williams, councilmember, Wichita, Kansas (secretary); Hanifa Shabazz, councilmember, Wilmington, Delaware (assistant secretary); Ricki Barlow, councilmember, Las Vegas, Nevada (parliamentarian); Louvenia Mathison, councilmember, Berkeley, Missouri (historian); Samuel Ings, commissioner, Orlando, Florida (chaplain) and Deborah Denard Delgado, councilmember, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (immediate past president).

Past presidents are: Michael Johnson, vice mayor, Phoenix, Arizona; Audwin Samuel, councilmember, Beaumont, Texas; Daisy W. Lynum, commissioner, Orlando, Florida; James Mitchell, Jr., councilmember, Charlotte, N.C. (NLC past president); Felicia A. Moore, councilmember, Atlanta, Georgia; Marian B. Tasco, council majority leader, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charles Yancey, councilor, Boston, Massachusetts and William Stallworth, councilmember, Biloxi, Mississippi.

At Large Board Members are: Robert Avery, councilmember, Gadsden, Alabama; Willie Calhoun, councilmember, District Heights, Maryland; Joe Davis, alderman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sharon Fields, councilmember, East Orange, New Jersey; Erica Gilmore, councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee and David Howard, councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Regional Directors are: Kelly Porter, council president, Seat Pleasant, Maryland (Region 3: Ky., W.Va., Va., Md., D.C., Del.); Russel Neal, Jr., councilmember, Akron, Ohio (Region 4: Ohio, Ind.); Milele Coggs, alderwoman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Region 7: N.D., S.D., Minn., Wis.); Jermaine Reed, councilmember, Kansas City, Missouri (Region 8: Mo., Iowa, Neb., Kan., Colo.); Marvin Brown, councilmember, Maricopa, Arizona (Region 10: Nev., Utah, Ariz., Hawaii); Jamie Smith, councilmember, Beaumont, Texas (Region 11: N.M., Okla., Texas); Karen Y. Johnson, councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee (Region 12: Ark., Tenn.); Fredrick Wilson, councilmember, Grenada, Mississippi (Region 14: Miss.); Deverick Williams, councilmember, Gadsden, Alabama (Region 15: Ala.); Joyce Sheperd, councilwoman, Atlanta, Georgia (Region 16: Ga.); Linda Dogan, councilwoman, Spartanburg, South Carolina (Region 17: S.C.); Derwin Montgomery, councilmember, Winston Salem, North Carolina (Region 18: N.C.); Hayward Benson, Jr., commissioner, Lauderhill, Florida (Region 19: Fla.) and Michael Gipson, councilmember, Carson, California (Region 20: Cal.).

GLBTLO to Hear from National Partner Organizations

GLBTLO First Vice President Keith McGlashan, Mayor, Shoreline Washington (center) chats with NLC conference delegates.
GLBTLO First Vice President Keith McGlashan, Mayor, Shoreline Washington (center) chats with NLC conference delegates.

Under the leadership of President Bob Gaiser, Councilmember, Broomfield, Colorado, GLBTLO will be holding its Business Meeting on Sunday, March 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. President Gaiser and GLBTLO leaders will be holding discussions on how they can support NLC's legislative agenda and also explore how they can work more closely with the Human Rights Campaign and The Victory Fund on strategies to help municipalities on LGBT issues.

According to President Gaiser, "Since I have been elected to office as the first out gay county commissioner in Colorado serving as councilmember to the City and County of Broomfield seven years ago, the outlook on gay rights has changed substantially. In previous years, a number of states have put into their constitution that marriage is only between a man and a woman. But this past election three states voted to allow gays and lesbians to get married. The Supreme Court has decided to review DOMA and the California Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. President Obama, along with a number of Republicans have come out in support of Gay Marriage. This is no longer a partisan issue should divides us. As the National League of Cities discusses the issue of DOMA and the support of gay marriage this year, we will join with one voice to support all citizens in their path to equality. I know that this can be a contentious issue in many states, but I feel it is important that the National League of Cities be a leader and the voice of support for all our citizens to reach equality."

GLBTLO's officers are: Bob Gaiser, councilmember, Broomfield, Colorado (president); Keith McGlashan, mayor, Shoreline, Washington (first vice president); George Toles, councilmember, Cathedral City, California (second vice president) and Craig Lowe, mayor, Gainesville, Florida (immediate past president). At-Large Members are: Andy Amoroso, commissioner, Lake Worth, Florida; Karen Kellen, councilmember, Lakewood, Colorado; Steve Kornell, councilmember, St. Petersburg, Florida.

HELO Plans Summer Leadership Retreat

From left, HELO Officers: Mayor Adrienne Foster, Roeland Park, Kansas (first vice president); City Treasurer Karen Avilla, Carson, California (president) and Alderman Sergio Rodriguez, New Haven, Connecticut (immediate past president).
From left, HELO Officers: Mayor Adrienne Foster, Roeland Park, Kansas (first vice president); City Treasurer Karen Avilla, Carson, California (president) and Alderman Sergio Rodriguez, New Haven, Connecticut (immediate past president).

Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) President Karen Avilla, City Treasurer, Carson, California, remarks that "During this year's NLC Congress of Cities, HELO will be focusing water issues in partnership with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the League of California Cities - Latino Caucus, for this year's summer HELO Leadership Retreat tentatively scheduled for August 15-17, in Las Vegas, Nevada." The HELO Business Meeting will offer a substantial amount of time soliciting ideas from members about what they want to learn about the topic of water conservation, usage and its impact on cities and towns for the summer retreat. The meeting will occur on Monday, March 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Room, Mezzanine Level at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

HELO's Officers are: Karen Avilla, city treasurer, Carson, California (president); Adrienne Foster, mayor, Roeland Park, Kansas (first vice president); T. Oscar Trevino, mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas (second vice president); Julie Ruiz-Raber, mayor pro tem, Carson, California (treasurer) and Sergio Rodriguez, alderman, New Haven, Connecticut (immediate past president).

At-large Members are: Ronald Garcia, councilmember, Brea, California; Julia Gusse, councilwoman, Maricopa, Arizona; Brent Jaramillo, councilor, Questa, New Mexico; Lydia Martinez, councilmember, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Arizona; Alice Rodriguez, councilmember, Waco, Texas; Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas; Gabe Santos, mayor pro tem, Longmont, Colorado and Lissa Smith, deputy mayor pro tem, Plano, Texas.

Advisory Council members (past HELO presidents) are: Luis Quintana, councilmember, Newark, New Jersey; Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, Arizona and NLC president; Carlos Silva, council president pro tempore, Bridgeport, Connecticut and Evelyn "Mimi" Woodson, councilmember, Columbus, Georgia.

Details: For individuals interested in joining one of NLC's five constituency groups, please contact NLC Constituency Group Programs staff at (202) 626-3169 or email constituencygroups@nlc.org.