Local Leaders.
National Impact.

Engage and network. Connect with your peers at NLC. 

Get involved with NLC by applying to join one of our Federal Advocacy Committees, Member Councils, or Constituency Groups and represent your community at the national level. Applications for 2023 are now closed.   

  • Shape National Municipal Policy — Join a Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Connect with Cities Like Yours – Join a Member Council
  • Advocate for Diversity in Cities — Join a Constituency Group

2021 Nominating Committee Announced

NLC President, Councilmember Kathy Maness has appointed a 14-member nominating committee and one alternate that will be responsible for recommending a slate of officers and board members to lead NLC in 2022. These leaders will be elected during the Annual Business Meeting at City Summit on Friday, November 19.

NLC Immediate Past President, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, will chair the committee, which includes 13 elected city officials and two state municipal league executive directors.

NLC accepts membership applications for the following groups:

Federal advocacy Committees
Federal Advocacy Committees
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Energy, Environment & Natural Resources 
  • Finance Administration & Intergovernmental Relations 
  • Human Development 
  • Information Technology & Communications 
  • Public Safety & Crime Prevention
  • Transportation & Infrastructure Services 
Member councils
Member Councils

Our member councils provide a networking space for interacting with other local elected officials whose communities are similar.

  • First Tier Suburbs Council
  • Large Cities Council
  • Military Communities Council 
  • Small Cities Council 
  • University Communities Council 
  • Council on Youth, Education, and Families 
  • Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council 
Constituency Groups
Constituency Groups
  • Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO)
  • Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO)
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) 
  • Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) 

Ready to apply to a Constituency Group? Start your application now.


To be eligible to serve as a member of an NLC council, group or constituency group, the applicant must:

  • Submit an application form electronically by due date. 
  • Be from an NLC direct or affiliate member city.

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