National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation Selects 2012-2013 Fellows

Washington, DC - District Heights, Maryland Commissioner Jamal I. Miller and Nashville, Tennessee, Councilmember Karen Y. Johnson have been chosen as the 2012-2013 Foundation Fellows for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation. The Foundation was founded by the NBC-LEO constituency group and is supported by the National League of Cities (NLC).

"We are pleased with the quality of the applicants for the 2012 Fellows Program. It was a very close decision among the applicants, all of whom are poised to provide great leadership to their cities, the states and NBC-LEO. We are excited about the progress of our Fellows Program and the future of our 2012 Fellows," said NBC-LEO Foundation Chair Michael Johnson, Vice Mayor, Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

"It is truly an honor to be selected for the highly competitive NBC-LEO fellows leadership program," said Councilmember Johnson.  She continued, "I look forward to the mentoring, networking and leadership development opportunities offered, which will enable me to maximize my effectiveness as a leader in public service". 

"I look forward to engaging in the Fellowship experiences as it provides an excellent opportunity to benefit from the collective wisdom and knowledge of NBC-LEO and its members," said Councilmember Miller.  He continued, "I believe that through this experience, I will be better equipped to make a greater impact in my City and provide expanded services and solutions for the citizens I serve." 

As part of their curriculum, the Fellows will receive registrations to NLC's 2012 Congress of Cities in Boston, 2013 Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC and the 2013 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 also assigned mentors during their time in the program who provide career guidance and networking opportunities. Commissioner Miller will be mentored by James Mitchell, Jr., Immediate Past President of the National League of Cities and Past President of NBC-LEO the constituency group. Councilwoman Johnson will be mentored by Robert Avery, Councilmember, Gadsden, Alabama, a member of the NBC-LEO constituency group Board of Directors.

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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.