Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women local elected officials and their colleagues within the National League of Cities (NLC). It strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities.


Over the years, WIMG has worked to ensure that women hold leadership positions within NLC and serve on its Board of Directors and other special leadership groups. It has successfully forged a prominent role for women in the development of NLC's National Municipal Policy and its agenda for the nation's cities and towns. WIMG has a Board of Directors as well as an Advisory Council, which consists of its past presidents who remain in elected or appointed municipal office.

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2017 Board of Directors

The WIMG Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC Congress of Cities from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.

President First Vice President Second Vice President
Patsey Kinsey Joyce Sheperd Amy Marie
Patsy Kinsey
Charlotte, North Carolina
Joyce Sheperd
Atlanta, Georgia
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Board Roster

WIMG 2017 Board of Directors

Patsy Kinsey, Councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina

First Vice President:
Joyce Sheperd, Councilmember, Atlanta, Georgia

Second Vice President:
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Immediate Past President:
Mary McComber, Mayor, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

At-Large Board Members
Shelly Barnhart, Councilmember, Lincoln, Alabama
Gloria J. Battle, Commissioner, Deerfield Beach, Florida
Carolyn H. Bell, Mayor Pro Tem, Savannah, Georgia
Lydia Glaize, Mayor Pro Tem, Fairburn, Georgia
Lindsey Horvath, Councilmember, West Hollywood, California
Sharon Hurt, Councilmember At-Large, Nashville, Tennessee

Advisory Council (WIMG Past Presidents who remain in elected office):
Margaret Barrett Simon, Councilmember, Jackson, Mississippi
M. Margaret Bates, Commissioner, Lauderhill, Florida
Mary Brown, Councilmember, Gary, Indiana
Mildred C. Crump, Council President, Newark, New Jersey
Kathy Maness, Councilmember, Lexington, South Carolina
Kay Senter, Vice Mayor, Morristown, Tennessee


WIMG welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join WIMG 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 the membership application and send it to constituencygroups@nlc.org.

WIMG Summer Conference

Cleveland, Ohio
June 21-23, 2017

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WIMG Leadership Award

Apply today for the 2017 WIMG Leadership Award! Nominations are being accepted until October 6, 2017.

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