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Mayor Chris Coleman Announces National League of Cities 2014 Leadership Team

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, mayor, Saint Paul, Minn. today announced his 2014 leadership team for the organization's policy committees and advisory councils. All chairs and vice chairs are appointed by Mayor Coleman to serve a one-year term on NLC's Policy and Advocacy Committees, Member Networking Councils and other NLC advisory groups.


"I look forward to working with all of the 2014 committee and council leaders. They bring a wealth of experience advocating for communities across the country and will provide vital leadership to NLC's activities on behalf of cities in the coming year," said NLC President Chris Coleman.

"This is a critical time for cities. Cities are America's centers of innovation, driving economic growth and solving problems at a local level even as Washington remains in gridlock. As we recover from the recession, I look forward to working with NLC's committee and council leaders for direction on how cities can continue to lead and help make America strong," added Coleman.

2014 NLC Committee/Councils Leadership Appointments

Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Lavonta Williams, councilmember, Wichita, Kan.
  • Vice Chair – Mike Wojcik, councilmember, Rochester, Minn.
  • Vice Chair – Craig Thurmond, mayor, Broken Arrow, Okla.                       

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Bill Peloza, councilmember, Auburn, Wash.
  • Vice Chair – Cindy Lerner, mayor, Pinecrest, Fla.
  • Vice Chair – Cindy Circo, councilmember, Kansas City, Mo.

Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Sarah Levison, councilmember, Longmont, Colo.
  • Vice Chair – Cynthia Mangini, councilmember, Enfield, Conn.
  • Vice Chair – Andy Hafen, mayor, Henderson, Nev.                   

Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Vicki Welch, councilmember, Louisville, Ky.
  • Vice Chair – Mia Gregerson, deputy mayor, Seatac, Wash.
  • Vice Chair – Angelia Williams, councilmember, Norfolk, Va.

 Information Technology and Communications Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Beth Humenik, councilmember, Thornton, Colo.
  • Vice Chair – Jeffrey Quibell, councilmember, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Vice Chair – Phil Goldstein, councilmember, Marietta, Ga.

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Scott Somers, vice mayor, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Vice Chair – Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Ind.
  • Vice Chair – Scott Maddox, commissioner, Tallahassee, Fla.

Transportation and Infrastructure Services Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Chair – Patsy Kinsey, councilmember, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Vice Chair – Robert Bauman, alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Vice Chair – Mary McComber, mayor, Oak Park Heights, Minn.

Large Cities Council

  • Chair – Jim Davis, councilmember, Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Vice Chair – Karen Johnson, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Vice Chair – Latasha Thomas, alderman, Chicago, Ill.

First Tier Suburbs Council

  • Chair – Corey Rushton, councilmember, West Valley City, Utah
  • Vice Chair – Stan Koci, councilmember, Bedford, Ohio
  • Vice Chair – Gary Sherwood, councilmember, Glendale, Ariz.

Small Cities Council

  • Chair – Stuart Gillaspie, mayor pro tem, Burleson, Texas
  • Vice Chair – Joe Shumway, councilmember, Laramie, Wyo.          

Universities Communities Council

  • Chair – Peter Haga, government relations, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Vice Chair – Amy Marie Vizzo-Paniccia, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Vice Chair – Alice Rodriguez, councilmember, Waco, Texas                       

International Council

  • Chair – Sheri Lauritano, councilmember, Goodyear, Ariz.
  • Vice Chair – Don Rosen, commissioner, Sunrise, Fla.                     

Advisory Council

  • Chair – Darryl Moss, mayor, Creedmoor, N.C.
  • Vice Chair – Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Vice Chair – Mark Mitchell, mayor, Tempe, Ariz.                      

Council on Youth, Education and Families

  • Chair – Karl Nurse, councilmember, St Petersburg, Fla.
  • Vice Chair – Kristin Szakos, vice mayor, Charlottesville, Va.                       

Corporate Partners Leadership Council

  • Chair – Alex Hannah, vice president, Marketing Communications and Education, ICMA-RC
  • Vice Chair – Laraine Davis, vice president, Community Development, Wells Fargo                       

Military Communities Council

  • Chair – Martha Sue Hall, councilmember, Albemarle, N.C.
  • Vice Chair – Arturo Pecos, city commissioner, Kingsville, Texas
  • Vice Chair – Ron Garcia, mayor, Brea, Calif.                       

Legal Advisory Committee

  • Chair – Bennett Sandlin, state league director, Texas Municipal League

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

SOURCE National League of Cities

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