Monday, June 13, 2022

Councilmember Vanessa Fuentes Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities’ Human Development Committee and Local Progress Texas Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Austin City Councilmember Vanessa Fuentes has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2022 Human Development (HD) Federal Advocacy Committee. Councilmember Fuentes was elected to a one-year term and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mayor Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia.
Councilmember Fuentes also serves as Co-Chair for Texas’ Organizing Committee for Local Progress alongside Dallas Councilmember Adam Bazaldua. Local Progress is a network of local elected officials advancing innovative policy solutions centered on racial and economic justice.
“I am honored to serve on the NLC Human Development Committee and as Local Progress Texas’ Organizing Committee Co-Chair on behalf of Austin,” said Councilmember Fuentes. “These opportunities allow me to further advance policies centered on making our communities stronger and improving the quality of life for every individual. Access to quality childcare, livable wages, and affordable housing remain at the forefront of my agenda and are aligned with the missions of NLC and Local Progress.”

As a member of NLC’s HD committee, Councilmember Fuentes will play a key role among a diverse group of local leaders in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s municipalities before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“NLC’s federal advocacy committees are a key tool for gathering insights directly from the communities that our members serve,” said NLC President Mayor Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia. “I am excited to have Councilmember Fuentes serve on the Human Development Committee and look forward to working with her to fulfill the promise of America’s cities, towns and villages.”

The full leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Kacy Kostiuk, Councilmember, Takoma Park, MD, Vice Chair Denise D. Adams, Mayor Pro Tempore, Winston-Salem, NC, and Vice Chair Adriana Rocha Garcia, Councilmember, San Antonio, TX.

“In a state where our leaders protect corporate interests and fuel political culture wars at the expense of working families, local governments must continue to lead progressive change and create new models of governance that work for everyone - not just the wealthy and well-connected few,” said El Paso City Representative and Local Progress Board Member Alexsandra Annello. “I am thrilled to pass the torch to Councilmember Fuentes, whose fierce leadership as co-chair of Local Progress Texas will help us advance a racial and economic justice through all levels of local government across the state and beyond.” 

Members of Local Progress’ Texas Organizing Committee include Adam Bazaldua, Dallas Councilmember and Organizing Committee Co-Chair; Brian Rowland, former Prairie View Mayor; Alexsandra Annello, El Paso City Representative; Stephanie Gharakhanian, Austin Community College District Trustee; David Stout, El Paso County Commissioner; Tarsha Jackson, Houston Councilmember; Kelly Palmer, Waco Councilmember; and former Balch Springs Councilmember Tartisha Hill.

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The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions.

Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities all across the country.

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