Van R. Johnson, II, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Savannah was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2016 Board of Directors at the 2015 Congress of Cities & Exposition held in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson, who will serve his second two-year term, will play a key role in guiding the nation’s largest and most representative membership and advocacy organization for city officials. Over the next two years, Johnson will participate in six Board of Directors meetings at NLC convenings in Washington and across the nation. Johnson is the fourth member of the Savannah City Council to serve on the NLC Board in its 90 year history, joining Mayor(s) John Rousakis, Floyd Adams and Edna Jackson.
“It is a blessing to again be elected from Mayors and Councilmembers from across the country to serve on the NLC Board of Directors, “said Johnson. “But be clear, when I am at the Board table, Savannah, GA is at the Board table. Whether I am at the White House or at the Capitol, Savannah’s issues will be there with me.”
“National League of Cities’ Board of Directors provides the critical leadership that enables our organization to strategically address the challenges facing our nation’s cities,” said National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “As we look toward the future, the Board will play a central role in helping NLC better serve our members and will provide guidance as we advocate for cities before Congress and the administration.”
In his role on the Board, Johnson will help to guide NLC’s strategic direction and set the organization’s advocacy priorities and operational goals. Board members are selected by a 15-member nominating committee, and are confirmed by a vote by NLC’s membership.