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
2019 Board of Directors
  • Denise Adams, councilmember, Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Cindy Andrus, mayor, Bozeman, Montana
  • Robin Arredondo-Savage, councilmember, Tempe, Arizona (Human Development Chair)
  • Andy Berke, mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Karen Best, mayor, Branson, Missouri 
  • Chris Brown, city controller, Houston, Texas (Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Chair) 
  • Tim Burton, executive director, Montana League of Cities and Towns
  • Maura Carroll, executive director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Cynthia Donald, councilmember, Bessemer, Alabama
  • Alfred Mae Drakeford, mayor, Camden South Carolina
  • Amanda Edwards, councilmember, Houston, Texas (1-year term)
  • Greg Evans, councilmember, Eugene, Oregon
  • Mike Fina, executive director, Oklahoma Municipal League
  • Oliver Gilbert, mayor, Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Wes Henderson, executive director, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities 
  • Deana Holiday Ingraham, mayor, East Point, Georgia
  • Brent Jaramillo, councilmember, Questa, New Mexico (1-year term)
  • Rusty Johnson, mayor, Ocoee, Florida
  • Carlie Jones, councilmember, Forest Hill, Texas 
  • Jungus Jordan, councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas
  • John Kinnaird, councilmember, Waco, Texas
  • David Luna, vice mayor, Mesa, Arizona
  • Levon Manzie, council member, Mobile, Alabama
  • Doris McConnell, councilmember, Shoreline, Washington
  • James McDonald, councilmember, Pinecrest, Florida (Transportation and Infrastructure Services Chair)
  • Wayne Messam, mayor, Miramar, Florida
  • Paul Meyer, executive director, North Carolina League of Municipalities
  • Richard Montgomery, councilmember, Manhattan Beach, California
  • Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Arizona
  • Salvatore Panto, mayor, Easton, Pennsylvania 
  • Steve Patterson, mayor, Athens, Ohio
  • Harold Perrin, mayor, Jonesboro, Arkansas (1-year term)
  • Stephanie Piko, mayor, Centennial, Colorado (Information Technology and Communications Chair)
  • Sean Polster, councilmember, Warrenton, Virginia
  • Hattie Portis-Jones, councilmember, Fairburn, Georgia (Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Chair)
  • Gary Resnick, mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida (1-year term)
  • Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Andy Ryder, mayor, Lacey, Washington
  • Laurie-Ann Sayles, councilmember, Gaithersburg, Maryland (Community and Economic Development Chair)
  • Kent Scarrett, executive director, Ohio Municipal League
  • Gerri Schroder, councilmember, Henderson, Nevada
  • Valerie Scott Cooper, councilmember, Norristown, Pennsylvania 
  • Hanifa Shabazz, council president, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO, Kentucky League of Cities
  • Matthew Surrency, mayor, Hawthorne, Florida
  • Roxanne Thalman, councilmember, Arlington, Texas (Public Safety and Crime Prevention Chair)
  • Dave Unmacht, executive director, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Rebecca Viagran, councilmember, San Antonio, Texas
  • Angelia Washington, councilmember, Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Chasity Wells-Armstrong, mayor, Kankakee, Illinois
  • Vince Williams, mayor, Union City, Georgia
  • Steve Williams, Huntington, West Virginia
  • Patrick Wojahn, mayor, College Park, Maryland