Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards has been appointed co-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Council on Youth, Education, and Families. She has served for the past eight months as vice chair of the council, which guides and oversees the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The council also fosters peer-learning and networking opportunities for elected municipal leaders; stimulates effective leadership on behalf of children, youth and families; and elevates the voices of city and youth leaders in broader discussions of the needs of youth, children and families.
“I am honored to take a new leadership role on this hardworking national council, as we continue to support tomorrow’s leaders and the future of our communities,” said Mayor Woodards. “I am looking forward to the insights I will gain working with the Council on Youth, Education, and Families as I seek new ways to elevate youth perspectives in civic conversations and community decision making.”
Woodards recently announced the formation of a Youth Engagement Task Force which will help Tacoma establish its first Youth Commission and improve upon existing youth-focused programs.