The National League of Cities (NLC) has policy experts on a range of issues that local leaders from across the country face in their communities. If you are a member of the media looking to interview one of our policy experts, or are interested in inviting a policy expert to speak at an event, please email

Michael Bartlett

Program Manager, Postsecondary and Workforce Success

Denise Belser

Program Director, Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment

Carolyn Berndt

Legislative Director, Sustainability

Dr. Robert Blaine

Senior Executive and Director, Leadership, Education, Advancement  and Development

James Brooks

Director, Infrastructure, Transportation and Solutions

Seantae Byers

Senior Executive and Director, Member and Partner Engagement

Shawna Davie

Director, Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL)

Irma Esparza Diggs

Senior Executive and Director, Federal Advocacy 

Kirby Gaherty

Program Director, Justice Initiatives

Lena Geraghty

Director, Urban Innovation and Sustainability

Michael Gleeson

Legislative Director, Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations

Heidi Goldberg

Director, Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment

Patrick Hain

Program Manager, Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment

Brittaney Kohler

Legislative Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Services

Jon Kuhl

Senior Executive and Director, Digital Engagement,
Marketing & Communications

Lauren Lowery

Director, Housing and Community Development

Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman

Legislative Director, Human Development

Andrew Moore

Director, Youth and Young Adult Connections

Farhad Kaab Omeyr

Program Director, Research & Data Analysis

Yucel Ors

Legislative Director, Public Safety

Angelina Pannettieri

Legislative Director, Information Technology and Communications

Joshua Pine

Program Manager, Urban Innovation

Sue Polis

Director, Health and Wellness

Stacy Richardson

Chief of Staff

Tonja Rucker

Director, Early Childhood Success

Jennifer Steinfeld

Director, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Bela Spooner

Program Director, Education & Expanded Learning

Michael Wallace

Legislative Director, Community & Economic Development