Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Council on Youth, Education, and Families. This council guides and oversees the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. Additionally, it 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 serve on this national council that helps elevate the voices of children, youth and families, and shines a light on the actions we can invest in at the local level to support the populations who are the future of our communities,” said Mayor Woodards.
For more than two decades, Mayor Woodards has been known as a passionate civic leader throughout Tacoma. She served for seven years as a citywide member of the Tacoma City Council, and began her first term as mayor on Jan. 2, 2018.
“During her tenure on the Tacoma City Council, Mayor Woodards emerged as a strong voice for city leadership on issues of equity and opportunity through her engagement with NLC,” said Clifford M. Johnson, executive director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. “We look forward to supporting her work as Tacoma’s new mayor, and benefitting from her insights in this NLC leadership role focusing on children, youth and families.”
NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. More information about the NLC is available at nlc.org.
More information about the City of Tacoma is available at cityoftacoma.org.