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National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation Selects 2013-2014 Fellows

June 19, 2013

Washington, DC - Councilman Seyram Selase of Anniston, AL and Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore of Hopewell, VA have been selected as the 2013-2014 Foundation Fellows for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation. The Foundation was founded by the NBC-LEO, a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC).

The Fellows Program is designed to encourage local government officials to strengthen their governance expertise and leadership capabilities. The annual program focuses on leadership development and provides training and mentoring to African Americans and other elected officials from diverse communities. Fellows participate in learning forums, case study discussions and seminars on leadership development.

"We are excited about the progress of our Fellows Program and the future of our 2013 Fellows," said NBC-LEO Foundation Chair Deborah Denard Delgado, Councilwoman, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "Our two new fellows are poised to provide great leadership to their cities, the states and NBC-LEO."

As part of their curriculum, the Fellows will receive registration to NLC's 2013 Congress of Cities in Seattle, 2014 Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC and the 2013 and 2014 NBC-LEO Annual Summer Conference. Fellows will also attend seminars sponsored by the NLC Leadership Training Institute and will network with other elected officials, corporate partners and national leaders. Fellows are assigned mentors during their time in the program who provide career guidance and networking opportunities. NBC-LEO President Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilmember, East Orange, NJ and Councilmember Robert Avery of Gadsden, AL will serve as mentors.

"The program is tailored to assist individuals like me to become proactive, innovative, and educated African-American leaders in our communities," said Vice Mayor Gore. "I am enthusiastic to see the positive change in my leadership after completion of this leadership fellowship."

"I am very much honored to be selected for this prestigious fellowship opportunity by NBC-LEO. I look forward to learning as much as possible and being able to implement those strategies back in my city," said Councilman Selase.

For information about the NBC-LEO Foundation, visit www.nlc.org/nbcleofoundation.

The NBC-LEO Foundation supports and conducts non-partisan research, technical assistance, training and educational and informational activities and programs to advance African American political participation at the local level. The Foundation also promotes municipal employment of African Americans and develops positive perceptions about government by African American citizens and other diverse populations.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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