Texas Officials Hold Key NLC Leadership Positions
National League of Cities (NLC) President Mark Stodola, the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, appointed Fort Worth Councilmember Gyna Bivens and Waco Councilmember John Kinnaird to chair 2018 federal advocacy committees: Community and Economic Development and Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations, respectively.
NLC has seven federal advocacy committees that play a central role in shaping the organization’s advocacy program. Each committee is comprised of local officials from its more than 1,900 member cities and towns across the country.
Councilmember Gyna Bivens was elected to the Fort Worth City Council in 2013. She served as the chair of two 2016 TML legislative policy committees: General Government and Annexation and Regulation of Development.
Councilmember John Kinnaird was first elected to the Waco City Council in 2012. He served on TML’s 2016 General Government Committee and Revenue and Finance Committee.
As chairs of federal advocacy committees, Bivens and Kinnaird will also serve a one-year term on the NLC Board of Directors. They will join four other Texans who were elected to the Board: Houston Councilmember Larry Green, Forest Hill Councilmember Carlie Jones, Fort Worth Councilmember Jungus Jordan, and North Richland Hills Councilmember Tito Rodriguez.
Forest Hill Councilmember Carlie Jones was elected to her first two-year term on the NLC Board of Directors at the NLC City Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November. She was elected to the Forest Hill City Council in 2016 and earned her Certified Municipal Official designation from the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) this year.
Fort Worth Councilmember Jungus Jordan and North Richland Hills Councilmember Tito Rodriguez were both elected to second, two-year terms on the Board at the NLC City Summit. Jordan has served on the Fort Worth City Council since 2005 and is a past president of TML. Rodriguez was first elected to the North Richland Hills City Council in 2011 and served on TML’s 2016 General Government Committee and Revenue and Finance Committee.
Houston Councilmember Larry Green was elected to a two-year term on the NLC Board in 2016. He has served on the Houston City Council since 2012 and is a member of the TML Board of Directors.
For additional information on NLC and how your city can get involved, contact Katrina Amos Washington, the program manager for the southern region, at 877-827-2385 or email@example.com.