National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation Selects 2014-2015 Fellows

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Press Release

Councilmembers Cleophus King and Romal D. Bullock to serve as fellows

Washington, D.C. - Councilmember Cleophus King of Bessemer, Ala. and Councilmember Romal D. Bullock of East Orange, N.J. have been selected as the 2014-2015 Foundation Fellows by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation. The annual program focuses on leadership development and provides training and mentoring to African Americans and other elected officials from diverse communities.

The Fellows Program is designed to encourage newly-elected local government officials to strengthen their governance expertise and leadership capabilities. Fellows participate in learning forums, case study discussions and seminars on leadership development. Each fellow is assigned a mentor during their time in the program who provides career guidance and networking opportunities. Deborah Denard Delgado, councilmember, Hattiesburg, Miss. will serve as a mentor to Councilman King and Audwin Samuel, councilmember, Beaumont, Texas will serve as Councilmember Bullock's mentor.

"I am truly excited to serve as a fellow this year," said Councilmember King. "With great expectations, I hope to gain more knowledge from this program. I am enthusiastic to see the positive change in my leadership after completion of this fellowship."

"I view my NBC-LEO Foundation Fellowship as a special opportunity to acquire an advanced level of insight into governing as an elected official, beyond what I may have gained in my brief time in office so far. My constituents deserve the very best from me, every day. I consider myself privileged to have this opportunity to take the best of what NBC-LEO has to offer and bring it to bear on behalf of the residents of my city," said Councilman Bullock.

As part of their curriculum, the Fellows received registration to NLC's 2014 Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas, and will attend NLC's 2015 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. and the 2015 NBC-LEO Annual Summer Conference.

The Foundation was founded in 2007 by the NBC-LEO, a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC). Ivy R. Taylor, an inaugural Foundation Fellow and former councilmember, was appointed Mayor of San Antonio in 2014.

For information about the NBC-LEO Foundation, visit

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 (NLC) 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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