Leadership makes a difference, and city leaders know that better than anyone. The impact that municipal officials have on their residents — the policies they implement, the decisions they make — will have consequences for the next generations and for the future of their community.
Similarly, the impact that city leaders can have on the national level will affect cities and towns across America for decades to come. By joining the National League of Cities (NLC) leadership, leaders from cities small and large, remote and urban can shape the future of cities.
At the National League of Cities, there are a lot of ways to lead. As we head toward City Summit Charlotte, we want to make sure you know about four ways to lead at the National League of Cities. Applications for all 2018 leadership roles are now open, so be sure to apply by the October 13, 2017 deadline!
One: Be a National City Leader — Join our Board of Directors or Become and NLC Officer
As a member of the board of directors, you’ll be joining an elite group of local leaders who guide our organization and shape the future of cities. A position on our board of directors offers unparalleled opportunities to affect change at the national level while raising your profile as a city leader.
Two: Shape National Municipal Policy — Join a Federal Advocacy Committee
Brand yourself as a municipal leader on Capitol Hill while working with city leaders from across the nation to develop the organization’s federal policy positions. These positions are the foundation of our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. Combined, these federal policy positions make up the National Municipal Policy.
Three: Advocate for Diversity in Local Government — Join and Lead a Constituency Group
Join other local leaders from across the country who share your passion for the value of diversity in our nation’s cities and towns. NLC’s constituency groups are a platform to advance the issues that matter to your community on a national level.
Four: Connect with Cities Like Yours — Join a Member Council
Often the first step to becoming an NLC board member, member councils connect local leaders with cities that share the same distinguishing characteristics. Member councils help you share the solutions and strategies you have implemented in your community and create a name for yourself amongst fellow city leaders and NLC members.