Community & Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee

City buildings and trees
City buildings and trees

The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness. In addition, the Committee leads efforts in support of federal grant programs that support these activities, including the Community Development Block Grant program.

NLC's Federal Advocacy Committee members include local elected officials and city staff from NLC-member cities and towns across the country who are committed to discussing and influencing federal policy that has a direct and profound impact on local government operations.


Committee Roster


Vice Chair

Vice Chair

CED Chair Gyna Bivens CED Vice Chair Lou La Monte CED Vice Chair Kevin Thompson

Laurie-Anne Sayles
Gaithersburg, Md.

Kristopher Dahir
Sparks, Nev.

Kevin Thompson
Mesa, Ariz.


Click here to view the 2019 Community and Economic Development Committee roster

Meetings & Events


  • Congressional City Conference, March 10-13, Washington, DC
  • Summer Board and Leadership Meeting, June 25-27, Indianapolis, IN
  • City Summit, November 20-23, San Antonio, TX
Policy & Resolutions

View the policies and resolutions crafted by and voted on by the Community & Economic Development Committee:

2019 Community & Economic Development Policy and Resolutions

View the full 2019 National Municipal Policy book containing each of the Federal Advocacy Committee chapters and resolutions.