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 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 the City of Tacoma establish its first Youth Commission and improve upon existing youth-focused programs.
“During her tenure on the Tacoma City Council, Mayor Woodards has 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 continuing to support her in the work she is doing locally, while benefitting from her knowledge and experience in this NLC leadership role focusing on children, youth and families.”
Woodards’ past work with the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families includes representing Tacoma, one of only six cities in the nation selected to participate, in the Mayor’s Institute on Opioids.
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.