National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)

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 Federal Advocacy committees to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities.


The organization also works independently with its members to inform them on issues affecting the African American community and helps to devise ways to achieve their community objectives through legislation and direct action. NBC-LEO conducts its annual meetings in conjunction with NLC's City Summit and Congressional City Conference.

2017 Board of Directors

President President-Elect
Wayne Messam De'Keither Stamps
Wayne Messam
Miramar, Florida
De'Keither Stamps
Jackson, Mississippi


First Vice President Second Vice President Immediate Past President
LaWana Mayfield


Cleophus King


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LaWana Mayfield
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cleophus King
Council President
Bessemer, Alabama
Hanifa Shabazz
Council President 
Wilmington, Delaware
Board Roster

NBC-LEO 2017 Board of Directors

Wayne Messam, Mayor, Miramar, Fla. 

De'Keither Stamps, Councilmember, Jackson, Miss.

First Vice President:
LaWana Mayfield, Councilmember,Charlotte, N.C.

Second Vice President:
Cleophus King, Councilmember, Bessemer, Ala.

Jacobia Dowell, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.

Assistant Treasurer:
Ernest Brooks, Councilmember, Jackson, Tenn.

Sharon W. Hurt, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.

Assistant Secretary:
Robin Mouton, Councilmember, Beaumont, Texas

Jesse Matthews, Councilmember pro tem, Bessemer, Ala.

Samuel Ings, Commissioner, Orlando, Fla.

Shireka McCarthy, Councilmember, Seat Pleasant, Md. 

Immediate Past President:
Hanifa Shabazz, Council President, Wilmington, Del.

Past Presidents
Adam McFadden, Councilmember, Rochester, N.Y.
Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilmember, East Orange, N.J.
Deborah Denard Delgado, Councilmember, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Audwin Samuel, Councilmember, Beaumont, Texas
Felicia Moore, Councilmember, Atlanta
James Mitchell, Jr., Councilmember, Charlotte, N.C.
Priscilla Tyson, Council President Pro Tempore, Columbus

Directors At-Large

Terry Adams, Councilmember, Midfield, Ala.
Tonya Davis Johnson, Councilmember, Riviera Beach, Fla.
Russel C. Neal, Councilmember, Akron, Ohio
Mark Douglas, Commissioner, Sunrise, Fla.
Ashira Mohammed, Mayor, Pembroke Park, Fla.
Hazelle Rodger, Mayor, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Regional Directors

Region 2 (Pa., N.J., N.Y.)

  • Derek Green, Councilmember, Philadelphia

Region 3 (Ky., Md., Del., Va., Washington, W. Va.)

  • Jasmine Gore, Vice Mayor, Hopewell, Va.

Region 4 (Ind., Ohio)

  • Julius Oliver, Councilmember, Youngstown, Ohio

Region 8 (Colo., Iowa, Kan., Mo., Neb.)

  • Rod Jennings, Councilmember, University City, Mo.

Region 9 (Ark., Idaho, Mont., Wash., Wyo.)

  • Greg Evans, Councilmember, Eugene, Ore.

Region 11 (Okla., N.M., Texas)

  • Carlie Jones, Councilmember, Forrest Hill, Texas

Region 12 (Ark., Tenn.)

  • Tanaka Vercher, Councilmember, Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn.

Region 13 (La.)

  • Kenneth Boudreaux, Councilmember, Lafayette, La.

Region 14 (Miss.)

  • Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, Alderman, Natchez, Miss.

Region 15 (Ala.)

  • Bobby Scott, Councilmember, Center Point, Ala

Region 16 (Ga.)

  • Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, Alderwoman, Savannah, Ga.

Region 18 (N.C.)

  • Kandi Smith, Mayor, Greenville, N.C.

Region 19 (Fla.)

  • Ken Thurnston, Commissioner, Lauderhill, Fla.

Region 20 (Calif.)

  • Larry James Moody, Mayor, East Palo Alto, Calif.



NBC-LEO welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join NBC-LEO is by paying annual dues at the City Summit annual conference. Information about joining is available in our membership brochure

To join, please complete the membership application and send it to

NBC-LEO Summer Conference
NBC-LEO Foundation

Administered by the National League of Cities, the NBC-LEO Foundation, Inc. has as its mission to support and conduct non-partisan research, technical assistance, training, and educational and informational activities and programs to advance African American political participation at the local level, promote municipal employment of African Americans, and develop positive perceptions about government by African American citizens.

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