Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

Women in Municipal Government
Women in Municipal Government

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women local elected officials and their colleagues within the National League of Cities (NLC).

It strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities.

Over the years, WIMG has worked to ensure that women hold leadership positions within NLC and serve on its Board of Directors and other special leadership groups.

It has successfully forged a prominent role for women in the development of NLC's National Municipal Policy and its agenda for the nation's cities and towns. WIMG has a Board of Directors as well as an Advisory Council, which consists of its past presidents who remain in elected or appointed municipal office.

Join WIMG!


Celebrating Women's History Month 

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we're proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. We celebrate them this month by sharing their voices and stories on our website, blog and social media channels. 

Joyce Sheperd

Learn why WIMG President Joyce Sheperd celebrates Women's History Month

Registration for the WIMG 2018 Summer Conference is now live!

The upcoming 2018 WIMG Summer Conference will be held in bustling Atlanta, Georgia! 

  • May 30 - June 2, 2018
  • Atlanta, Georga

We'll talk about contemporary issue topics like the #MeToo movement and trends in local elections, as well as solutions and best practices for the day to day work of governing. And with bustling Atlanta as the backdrop, you're sure to learn a lot and eat well!

Learn More!


2018 WIMG Officers

The WIMG Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC Congress of Cities from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.

President First Vice President Second Vice President
Joyce Sheperd
Amy Marie




Joyce Sheperd
Atlanta, Georgia
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Lindsey Horvath
West Hollywood, California

Board Roster

WIMG 2018 Board of Directors

Joyce Sheperd, Councilmember, Atlanta

First Vice President:
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.

Second Vice President:
Lindsey Horvath, Councilmember, West Hollywood, Calif. 

Immediate Past President:
Mary McComber, Mayor, Oak Park Heights, Minn.

At-Large Board Members
Jean Abernathy-Smith, Councilmember Pro Tem, Highland Hills, Ohio
Shelly Barnhart, Councilmember, Lincoln, Ala.
Wally Campbell, Vice Mayor, Goodyear, Ariz. 
Gloria J. Battle, Commissioner, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Carolyn H. Bell, Mayor Pro Tem, Savannah, Georgia
Tameika Isaac Devine, Councilwoman, Columbia, S.C. 
Julie Fishman, Commissioner,  Tamarac, Fla.  
Madelyn Scales Harris, Councilmember, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 
Sharon Hurt, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
Del Mims, Commissioner, Creedmoor, N.C. 
Lillian Moore, Council President, Highland Hills, Ohio
Linda Omobien, Councilmember, Akron, Ohio
Serena Schermoly, Councilmember, Prairie Village, Kan. 
Kimyada Wellington, Trustee, Maywood, Ill. 
Beverly M Williams, Commissioner, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. 
Cynthia Wright-Toles, Councilmember, Gadsden, Ala.

Advisory Council (WIMG Past Presidents who remain in elected office):
M. Margaret Bates, Commissioner, Lauderhill, Fla.
Mary Brown, Councilmember, Gary, Ind.
Mildred C. Crump, Council President, Newark, N.J.
Kathy Maness, Councilmember, Lexington, S.C.
Kay Senter, Vice Mayor, Morristown, Tenn.

Membership and Conference Activities

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 of $50.00 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. 

Questions? Read through our FAQs or contact us at constituencygroups@nlc.org. 

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.