Released on December 20, 2018 - 10:53am


Please join Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe in congratulating Council President Pro tem Valerie Nicholas on her appointment to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Human Development (HD) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana.


“I am very excited to serve on this committee, to work with other local leaders across the country on issues affecting the most vulnerable of our communities.”, Councilmember Valerie Nicholas says.


As a committee member, Councilmember Nicholas will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.


“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what's happening on the ground in our communities – and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana, and President of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Valerie Nicholas join NLC's Human Development committee on behalf of her residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”


The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Robin Arredondo-Savage, Councilmember, Tempe, Arizona, Vice Chair Lindsey Horvath, Councilmember, West Hollywood, California, and Vice Chair LaWana Mayfield, Councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina


For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit:




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.


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