March 26, 2023 - (5 min read)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, March 27, 2023, Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, will address the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC.

As First Lady, an educator and mother, Dr. Biden has focused her leadership on many of the pressing issues in our nation’s cities, towns and villages, including the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and supporting the economic competitiveness of our nation.

Traveling to over 100 cities over the last two years, Dr. Biden has seen firsthand the transformative impact the American Rescue Plan Act has had thanks to the law’s direct fiscal relief to communities of all sizes. Dr. Biden has also witnessed the excitement and planning underway as municipalities prepare to take advantage of the historic investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act.

Achieving the promise of such investments will require a diverse, skilled, and ready workforce to build America’s next-generation infrastructure. It will also rely on the support of the care economy to ensure our residents are supported – including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Dr. Biden has been a true champion of these causes throughout her life.

About the Congressional Cities Conference:

The National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference will bring together nearly 3,000 elected and appointed city leaders from cities, towns and villages of all sizes, both urban and rural, to focus on the federal policy issues affecting local governments.

From cabinet secretaries to key program administrators, conference attendees will have direct access to the people in charge of billions of federal dollars available to local governments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, American Rescue Plan Act, and others.

The National League of Cities is the oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments. In addition to Dr. Biden, our general session speakers include:

Federal Speakers:

  • Marcia Fudge, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Shalanda Young, Director, White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Jim McGovern, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MA)
  • Mitch Landrieu, White House Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator and Former Mayor, City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • John Podesta, White House Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation
  • Gene Sperling, White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the President
  • Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Brent Parton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing, U.S. Department of Justice

City Leaders:

  • Victoria Woodards, Mayor, City of Tacoma, Washington and NLC President
  • David Sander Ph.D., Vice Mayor, City of Rancho Cordova, California and NLC 1st Vice President
  • Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana and NLC 2nd Vice President
  • Vince Williams, Mayor, City of Union City, Georgia and NLC Immediate Past President
  • Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities
  • Ras Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey and Chair, NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Steve Benjamin, Former Mayor, City of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington, D.C.
  • John Giles, Mayor, City of Mesa, Arizona
  • Amy Shuler Goodwin, Mayor, City of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Emily Larson, Mayor, City of Duluth, Minnesota
  • Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor, City of Jackson, Mississippi
  • Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio, Texas
  • Stephanie Piko, Mayor, City of Centennial, Colorado
  • Brandon Scott, Mayor, City of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mark Shepherd, Mayor, City of Clearfield, Utah and Chair, NLC Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Corey Woods, Mayor, City of Mesa, Arizona and Chair, Housing Supply Accelerator Steering Committee
  • Steve Williams, Mayor, City of Huntington, West Virginia and Chair, NLC Human Development Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Cindy Dyballa, Councilmember, City of Takoma Park, Maryland and Chair, NLC Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Kate Kruller, Councilmember, City of Tukwila, Washington and Chair, NLC Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee

Other speakers:

  • Angela D. Brooks, FAICP, President, American Planning Association and Director, of the Illinois office of the Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Barbara Humpton, CEO and President, Siemens Corporation
  • Scott D. Woods, Esq., Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships,

On Tuesday, March 28, over  800 local leaders will visit Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives and advocate for federal priorities that impact cities, towns and villages including making government work for small communities, building safe and health communities, preventing federal overreach and supporting local economic growth and opportunity.

Join us on March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Marquis. NLC is offering free registration for credentialed media. If you would like to register, please send an email to

For more information about the conference and to view the full schedule visit


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