Just Announced: Chuck Todd, Donna Brazile, Ed Gillespie and Mignon Clyburn to Speak at 2015 Congressional City Conference

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We couldn’t be more proud to host these distinguished speakers at our annual Congressional City Conference in March.

Keynote speakers at 2015 NLC Congressional City ConferenceClockwise from top left: Chuck Todd, Donna Brazile, Ed Gillespie and Mignon Clyburn.

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd will join a stellar lineup of keynote speakers at the National League of Cities’ 2015 Congressional City Conference. Todd comes straight to NLC from a book tour promoting his latest work, The Stranger: Barack Obama in The White House. We can’t think of a better way to open our annual legislative conference than to hear from one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage.

We’re also excited to announce that renowned GOP strategist Ed Gillespie will share with conference attendees his expertise in politics, healthcare, energy and finance. A pillar of the Republican Party, Gillespie is the Former Chair of the Republican National Convention. Well-known as a witty and candid speaker, there’s no doubt that Gillespie will paint a vivid picture of what goes on behind the scenes in the nation’s capital.

Last Wednesday, the FCC announced its intent to reclassify the internet as a public utility so that the World Wide Web remains open, innovative and easily accessible to all. At this pivotal time in communications history, city leaders must stay ahead of the curve by understanding their crucial role in providing city residents access to broadband services. That’s why we’re thrilled to have FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn join us as well. A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn will explain how widespread broadband access will change your city’s economy for the better.

Finally, veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile will address our current political environment and hot-topic legislation in her keynote speech. Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, and former chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute. Currently working for the full recovery of her native New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Brazile’s passions include encouraging young people to vote, working to strengthen our nation’s political system, and running for public office.

We couldn’t be more proud to host these distinguished speakers at our annual conference, and we hope you’ll join us this March 7-11 in Washington, D.C. for an exciting week of dialogue around the issues of greatest concern to cities today.

Mari Andrew bio photoAbout the author: Mari Andrew is the Senior Associate of Marketing at the National League of Cities. She works hard to help city leaders build better communities, and believes the world would be a better place if people wore more colorful clothing.