NLC is governed by a board of directors that is comprised of four officers (president, first vice president, second vice president, and immediate past president), all past presidents still in local government service, eight state league directors, seven advocacy committee chairs, and forty at-large members.

The president, first vice president, and second vice president are elected to one-year terms during the annual business meeting, and twenty local elected officials are elected to serve two-year terms as at-large members of the board. An elected official must currently hold elected office in an NLC-member city to serve in a leadership position.

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NLC 2019 Leadership


Karen Freeman-Wilson
Mayor, Gary, Indiana

First Vice President

Joe Buscaino
Councilmember, Los Angeles, California
Karen Freeman-Wilson Joe Buscaino

Second Vice President

Kathy Maness
Councilmember, Lexington, South Carolina

Immediate Past President

Mark Stodola
Mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas
Kathy Maness Mark Stodola

CEO & Executive Director

Clarence E. Anthony
Former mayor of South Bay, Florida, and former NLC president

Clarence Anthony

Past Presidents
  • Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Melodee Colbert-Kean, Councilmember, Joplin, Missouri
  • Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Indiana
  • James Mitchell, Councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Brian J. O'Neill, Councilmember, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2018 Board of Directors
  • Denise "D. D." Adams, Councilmember, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Cyndy Andrus, Mayor, Bozeman, Montana
  • Karen Best, Mayor, Branson, Missouri
  • Gyna Bivens, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas (Community & Economic Development Chair)
  • Tim Burton, Montana League of Cities and Towns
  • JoAnne Bush, Mayor, Lake Village, Arkansas
  • Wally Campbell, Councilmember, Goodyear, Arizona
  • Maura Carroll, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Valerie Cooper, Councilmember, Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Jerry Deschane, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • Cynthia Donald, Councilmember, Bessemer, Alabama
  • Dennis (Denny) Doyle, Mayor, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Alfred Mae Drakeford, Mayor, Camden, South Carolina
  • Oliver Gilbert, Mayor, Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Jasmine Gore, Vice Mayor, Hopewell, Virginia
  • Wes Henderson, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
  • Karen Johnson, Councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Leon Johnson, Mayor, Ocoee, Florida
  • Carlie Jones, Councilmember, Forest Hill, Texas
  • Jungus Jordan, Councilmember, Fort Worth,  Texas
  • John Kinnaird, Councilmember, Waco, Texas (Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Chair)                             
  • David Luna, Vice Mayor, Mesa, Arizona
  • Kathy Maness, Councilmember, Lexington, South Carolina
  • Levon Manzie, Councilmember, Mobile, Alabama
  • Doris McConnell, Councilmember, Shoreline, Washington
  • Richard Montgomery, Councilmember, Manhattan Beach, California
  • Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, Arizona
  • Pam O'Connor, Councilmember, Santa Monica, California (Transportation & Infrastructure Services Chair)
  • Frank Ortis, Mayor, Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Salvatore Panto, Mayor, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Bill Peloza, Councilmember, Auburn, Washington
  • Sean Polster, Councilmember, Warrenton, Virginia (Public Safety & Crime Prevention Chair)
  • Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey, Washington (Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Chair)     
  • Joel Price, Councilmember, Thousand Oaks, California
  • Jermaine Reed, Councilmember, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Gary Resnick, Mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida (Information Technology & Communications Chair)
  • Tito Rodriguez, Councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas    
  • Andy Ryder, Mayor, Lacey, Washington
  • Erik Sartorius, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • Gerri Schroder, Councilmember, City of Henderson, Nevada
  • Hanifa Shabazz, Council President, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Ken Smith, Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Jon Steiner, Kentucky League of Cities
  • Matt Surrency, Mayor, Hawthorne, Florida
  • Shari Veazey, Mississippi Municipal League
  • Vince Williams, Mayor, Union City, Georgia
  • Patrick Wojahn, Mayor, College Park, Maryland
  • PC Wu, Councilmember, Pensacola, Florida
  • Gil Ziffer, Commissioner, Tallahassee, Florida (Human Development Chair)