Mark Stodola is the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC), the largest organization representing America’s cities and their leaders. As president of NLC, Stodola advocates on behalf of more than 19,000 cities and towns, focusing on the critical issues of infrastructure, public safety, economic development and preparing cities for the future of work.
Stodola has served as mayor of Little Rock since January 2007. During his tenure, he has helped prioritize public safety as the city’s foremost obligation with a focus on various quality of life projects impacting economic development and tourism. Stodola has been key in promoting the revitalization of Little Rock’s Main Street where the “Creative Corridor” plan as well as the location of the city’s state-of-the-art Technology Park has resulted in over $150 million in private sector development thus far. He has partnered to bring over $1.3 billion in new capital investment to the city resulting in over 7,000 new jobs since taking office while also championing investment in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Beginning his career in public service as city attorney of Little Rock, Stodola has also served as prosecuting attorney for the 6th District of Arkansas and senior partner in Little Rock law firm Catlett & Stodola, PLC. In addition to his leadership of NLC, Stodola is an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Rotary Club of Little Rock.