National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) was created in 1970 to represent the interests of African American elected officials. NBC-LEO's objectives include increasing African American participation on NLC's steering and policy committees to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities.


The organization also works independently with its members to inform them on issues affecting the African American community and helps to devise ways to achieve their community objectives through legislation and direct action. NBC-LEO conducts its annual meetings in conjunction with NLC's City Summit and Congressional City Conference.

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2017 Board of Directors

President President-Elect
Hanifa Shabazz, resized.jpg Wayne Messam
Hanifa Shabazz
Council President
Wilmington, Delaware
Wayne Messam
Miramar, Florida


First Vice President Second Vice President Immediate Past President
De'Keither Stamps LaWana Mayfield Priscilla Tyson
De'Keither Stamps
Jackson, Mississippi
LaWana Mayfield
Charlotte, North Carolina
Priscilla Tyson
President Pro Tempore
Columbus, Ohio
Board Roster

NBC-LEO 2017 Board of Directors

Hanifa Shabazz, Council President, Wilmington, Delaware

Wayne Messam, Mayor, Miramar, Florida

First Vice President:
De'Keither Stamps, Councilmember, Jackson, Mississippi

Second Vice President:
LaWana Mayfield, Councilmember,Charlotte, North Carolina

Jacobia Dowell, Councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Treasurer:
Ernest Brooks, Councilmember, Jackson, Tennessee

Lavonta Williams, Councilmember, Wichita, Kansas

Jesse Matthews, Councilmember, Bessemer, Alabama

Samuel Ings, Commissioner, Orlando, Florida

David Reddick, Councilmember, Anniston, Alabama

Immediate Past President:
Priscilla Tyson, President Pro Tempore, Columbus, Ohio

Past Presidents
Adam McFadden, Councilmember, Rochester, New York
Jacquelyn Johnson, Councilmember, East Orange, New Jersey
Deborah Denard Delgado, Councilmember, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Audwin Samuel, Councilmember, Beaumont, Texas
Felicia Moore, Councilmember, Atlanta, Georgia
James Mitchell, Jr., Councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina

Directors At-Large
Terry Adams, Councilmember, Midfield, Alabama
Surluta Anthony, Councilmember, Monroe, North Carolina
Desley A. Brooks, Councilmember, Oakland, California
Daniel Brown, Councilmember, Knoxville, Tennessee
Linda Omobien, Councilmember, Akron, Ohio
Joyce Sheperd, Councilmember, Atlanta, Georgia

Regional Directors
Region 1: (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Mary Evette Brantley, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Region 2: (PA, NY, NJ)
Derek Green, Councilmember, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Region 3: (KY, WV, VA, MD, DC, DE)
Jasmine Gore, Councilmember, Hopewell, Virginia

Region 4: (OH, IN)
Russel Neal, Jr., Councilmember, Akron, Ohio

Region 6: (IL)
Michael Rogers, Trustee, Maywood, Illinois

Region 8: (MO, IA, NE, KS, CO)
Rod Jennings, Councilmember, University City, Missouri

Region 9: (AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY)
Greg Evans, Councilor, Eugene, Oregon

Region 11: (NM, OK, TX)
Carlie Jones, Councilmember, Forrest Hill, Texas

Region 12: (AR, TN)
Tanaka Vercher, Councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee

Region 13: (LA)
Kenneth Boudreaux, Vice Chair Council, Lafayette, Louisiana

Region 14: (MS)
Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, Alderwoman, Natchez, Mississippi

Region 15: (AL)
Cleophus King, Councilmember, Bessemer, Alabama

Region 16: (GA)
Dr. Estella Shabazz, Alderwoman, Savannah, Georgia

Region 18: (NC)
Kandie Smith, Mayor, Greenville, North Carolina

Region 19: (FL)
Ken Thurston, Commissioner, Lauderhill, Florida




NBC-LEO welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join NBC-LEO is by paying annual dues at the City Summit annual conference. Information about joining is available in our membership brochure

To join, please complete the membership application and send it to

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NBC-LEO Foundation

Administered by the National League of Cities, the NBC-LEO Foundation, Inc. has as its mission to support and conduct non-partisan research, technical assistance, training, and educational and informational activities and programs to advance African American political participation at the local level, promote municipal employment of African Americans, and develop positive perceptions about government by African American citizens.

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