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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Harris named to National Black Caucus

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NORMAL, Ill. – Jan. 4, 2024 – Councilmember Chemberly Harris, Town of Normal, Illinois, has been elected as a 2024 Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC). 

NBC-LEO serves as a forum for communication and networking among African American municipal officials and their colleagues to share ideas and develop leadership experience. Harris was elected in November at NLC’s 2023 City Summit conference in Atlanta, Ga. Harris will serve as the NBC-LEO Regional Director for Region 16 which covers Illinois. She will work to boost membership of African American local leaders in that region and welcome them into the caucus.

"I am honored to serve in this position,” explains Harris. “The Town of Normal wants to address issues facing the Black and African American community and this affinity group allows for a robust exchange of ideas and sharing of resources.” 

Established in 1971, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials provides a platform for municipal leaders to connect, share best practices, and advocate for the needs of their communities. The group also contributes to NLC’s leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy, and program activities.

“Constituency groups play a vital role in shaping and influencing NLC’s programming by uplifting the voices and priorities of all of our communities,” said NLC President Mayor-Elect David Sander of Rancho Cordova, Calif. “I am excited to work with NBC-LEO and look forward to supporting their vision this year as leaders of this very important group.” 

This year’s group will be led by President Denise C. Mitchell, Mayor Pro Tem of College Park, Md., First Vice President Derrick Wood, Mayor of Dumfries, Va., and Second Vice President Nathaniel George Booker, Mayor of Maywood, Ill. 

For more information on NLC’s constituency groups, visit:   


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