National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)

NBC-LEO Members
NBC-LEO Members

The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) is a network and caucus within NLC that represents the interests of African American local elected officials.

Created in 1970, the caucus is a space for members to express themselves, share best practices and ensure that NLC's policies and programs benefit their community. 


Member Benefits


NBC-LEO meets three times annually: at City Summit, the Congressional City Conference and at a summer meeting. These gatherings are opportunities for members to discuss the challenges they've faced, the solutions they've developed and the work they're doing to improve their community.

NLC members find that constituency groups help them foster life-long connections with local officials from around the country, share best practices and develop policy positions that serve their community. 

Policy Priorities 

NBC-LEO takes pride in tackling current issues facing the Black and African American community. This year, their focus is on: 

  • Making the local municipal procurement process equitable and representative of the community. 
  • Helping local elected officials better understand the procurement process. 
  • Helping local leaders understand their role in promoting minority owned business opportunities in cities. 


Serving in a leadership position on the NBC-LEO Board of Directors or Executive Office is a great way to expand your leadership skills and add to your resume. With roles geared towards recruitment and membership, social media, accounting and developing policy, there are positions that fit a variety of skill sets. 

Joining NBC-LEO

Joining a constituency group is an NLC member benefit. With the exception of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, you don't have to pay a yearly membership fee. By joining a constituency group, you can receive policy and legislative updates, access to the group network and special updates related to NLC annual and summer conferences. 

Come conference time, you'll pay a one time participation fee at each conference to support the group's conference activities. This enables you to vote in elections, attend policy and business meetings and network at receptions. 

At the upcoming Congressional City Conference in March, NBC-LEO will host a business meeting, a policy committee meeting and a networking open house. To attend and vote at these meetings, members will pay a participation fee of $165 when they register for the conference. 

Questions? Read through our FAQs or contact us at 

Join Now!

If you're not an NLC member or you're not an elected official, you can still join a constituency group by becoming a Supporting Member. However, you are not able to vote in elections or participate in some of the groups' activities. 

Fill out this form to become a Supporting Member.

NBC-LEO Summer Conference

 NBC-LEO had a great time in Hollywood, Florida. 

Thank you to everyone who traveled, learned and networked at the NBC-LEO 2018 Summer Conference. 

Check out this year's highlights!

Next year's conference will be hosted in Jackson, Mississippi! Stay tuned for more updates.

Meet the 2018 Officers

NBC-LEO is governed and led by five officers who set the tone for the year. 

President President-Elect
Wayne Messam De'Keither Stamps
Wayne Messam
Miramar, Florida
De'Keither Stamps
Jackson, Mississippi


First Vice President Second Vice President Immediate Past President
LaWana Mayfield


Cleophus King


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LaWana Mayfield
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cleophus King
Council President
Bessemer, Alabama
Hanifa Shabazz
Council President 
Wilmington, Delaware
Board Roster

NBC-LEO 2017 Board of Directors

Wayne Messam, Mayor, Miramar, Fla. 

De'Keither Stamps, Councilmember, Jackson, Miss.

First Vice President:
LaWana Mayfield, Councilmember,Charlotte, N.C.

Second Vice President:
Cleophus King, Councilmember, Bessemer, Ala.

Jacobia Dowell, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.

Assistant Treasurer:
Ernest Brooks, Councilmember, Jackson, Tenn.

Sharon W. Hurt, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.

Assistant Secretary:
Robin Mouton, Councilmember, Beaumont, Texas

Jesse Matthews, President pro tem, Bessemer, Ala.

Samuel Ings, Commissioner, Orlando, Fla.

Shireka McCarthy, Councilmember, Seat Pleasant, Md. 

Immediate Past President:
Hanifa Shabazz, Council President, Wilmington, Del.

Past Presidents
Adam McFadden, Councilmember, Rochester, N.Y.
Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilmember, East Orange, N.J.
Deborah Denard Delgado, Councilmember, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Audwin Samuel, Councilmember, Beaumont, Texas
Felicia A. Moore, Council President, Atlanta
James Mitchell, Jr., Councilmember, Charlotte, N.C.
Priscilla Tyson, Councilmember, Columbus

Directors At-Large

Terry Adams, Councilmember, Midfield, Ala.
Tonya Davis Johnson, Councilmember, Riviera Beach, Fla.
Russel C. Neal, Councilmember, Akron, Ohio
Mark Douglas, Commissioner, Sunrise, Fla.
Ashira Mohammed, Vice-Mayor, Pembroke Park, Fla.
Hazelle P. Rogers, Mayor, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Regional Directors

Region 2 (Pa., N.J., N.Y.)

  • Derek Green, Councilmember, Philadelphia

Region 3 (Ky., Md., Del., Va., Washington, W. Va.)

  • Jasmine Gore, Vice Mayor, Hopewell, Va.

Region 4 (Ind., Ohio)

  • Julius Oliver, Councilmember, Youngstown, Ohio

Region 9 (Ark., Idaho, Mont., Wash., Wyo.)

  • Greg Evans, Councilmember, Eugene, Ore.

Region 11 (Okla., N.M., Texas)

  • Carlie Jones, Councilmember, Forrest Hill, Texas

Region 12 (Ark., Tenn.)

  • Tanaka Vercher, Councilmember, Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn.

Region 13 (La.)

  • Kenneth Boudreaux, Councilmember, Lafayette, La.

Region 14 (Miss.)

  • Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, Alderman, Natchez, Miss.

Region 15 (Ala.)

  • Bobby Scott, Councilmember, Center Point, Ala

Region 16 (Ga.)

  • Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, Alderwoman, Savannah, Ga.

Region 18 (N.C.)

  • Kandi Smith, Councilmember, Greenville, N.C.

Region 19 (Fla.)

  • Ken Thurston, Commissioner, Lauderhill, Fla.

Region 20 (Calif.)

  • Larry James Moody, Councilmember, East Palo Alto, Calif.


NBC-LEO Foundation

Administered by the National League of Cities, the NBC-LEO Foundation, Inc. has as its mission to support and conduct non-partisan research, technical assistance, training, and educational and informational activities and programs to advance African American political participation at the local level, promote municipal employment of African Americans, and develop positive perceptions about government by African American citizens.

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