NLC’s Coleman Elected to Serve on the National Urban Fellows Board

September 3, 2013

By Emily Pickren

In August, the National Urban Fellows (NUF) Program announced the election of Carolyn Coleman to its Board of Directors.  Coleman is the Director of Federal Advocacy at the National League of Cities. Through its Academic and Leadership Development Fellowship Program and other initiatives, the National Urban Fellows program is a national voice for excellence in leadership development, diversity and inclusion.  Founded in 1969 to counter the under-representation of people of color and women in leadership, the NUF program prepares individuals with the education and training necessary to bring fresh and diverse perspectives to leadership roles in the public service sector.   

Leticia “Letty” Velez, President and CEO, Chicago Mini Bus Travel; Herb Washington, Vice President, CH2M Hill; and Alice Yoo, Chris Santa Consulting, Inc., joined Coleman in being elected to the Board.     

In response to the new appointments to the NUF Board, including Coleman’s, NUF President Miguel Garcia said, “The caliber of our new board members speaks to the depth and breadth of our organization and its rich and proud history.  These individuals encompass NUF’s significant potential for growth well into the next era of civic engagement and discourse, public sector leadership and the diversity of people and ideas that link it all together.  Each of our new board members has their own connection to National Urban Fellows, but having Carolyn, Letty, Herb, and Alice join our Board of Director will make us stronger and better for many years to come.”   

Coleman has served as NLC’s Director of Federal Advocacy since 2006.  In this role, she oversees the organization’s efforts to protect and promote the interests of local governments in federal policy matters before Congress, the Administration and the courts.  Prior to joining NLC, Coleman was a deputy mayor in Indianapolis, Ind., and practiced law.  “I am honored,” Coleman said,” to be elected to serve on the NUF Board.  NUF is an important program doing important work helping develop our next generation of public and non-profit sector leaders and change agents.”  

NUF’s Academic and Leadership Development Fellowship Program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising four semesters of academic course work and a nine-month Mentorship assignment. During their Mentorship, Fellows complete course work via distance learning. The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. Following graduation, Fellows become part of a prestigious group of well over 1,400 diverse public service leaders who have gone on to assume influential positions across government, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.