Ms. Coleman currently serves as the director of Federal Advocacy for the National League of Cities (NLC), and has served in that capacity since 2006. She has a law degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kansas. Before working for NLC, Ms. Coleman served as a deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis, Ind. and practiced law in the private sector. She will join the League in the middle of December.
Ms. Coleman was selected to replace the League’s former executive director, Chris McKenzie, following a national recruitment conducted by a search committee comprising the League’s executive officers and other members of its board of directors.
With only four executive directors serving the League since 1934, Ms. Coleman joins an organization with a long history of stability. She also becomes the first woman to serve as a League executive director since the organization’s founding in 1898.
League President JoAnne Mounce, council member for the city of Lodi welcomed Ms. Coleman to the California League.
“On behalf of the search committee and League board, I want to welcome Carolyn to California and the League,” said President Mounce. “Carolyn is a seasoned executive with strong interpersonal skills and management experience in the public and private sectors. The executive search committee spent long hours and invested tremendous energy into interviewing the candidates and deliberating the options. In the end, I feel the committee’s hard work has resulted in the best candidate being chosen for the job. Welcome to California, Carolyn!”
Ms. Coleman conveyed her appreciation and excitement on assuming her new role.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the League of California Cities during an important time for America’s cities,” said Coleman. “The California League has a great legacy and national reputation for providing excellent advocacy and education services for its members, and I look forward to continuing that tradition. I can’t wait to get started meeting with California city officials. I also look forward to continuing the strong partnership between the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities.”
Earlier today, the League issued a joint press release
with NLC announcing Ms. Coleman’s appointment.
Scheduling requests for Ms. Coleman should be directed to Mimi Sharpe
at (916) 658-8232. Dan Carrigg, the League’s deputy executive director/legislative director will serve as acting executive director until Ms. Coleman joins the League in mid-December.