Published on: Friday, March 9, 2018 News

Mayor Kate Stewart Appointed To Serve On National League of Cities' Race, Equity and Leadership Council

Kate Stewart, Mayor, Takoma Park, Maryland, has been appointed as vice-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) council.

This council has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s strategic focus on eliminating racial disparities, healing racial divisions and building more equitable communities. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

“I am honored to be part of a group charged with building stronger and more just communities,” said Mayor Kate Stewart. “The NLC Race, Equity and Leadership Council’s work to address inequities and bridge community divides is as inspiring as it is essential.”

As a council member, Stewart will play a key role in shaping REAL’s agenda and developing innovative methods to advance racial equity in America’s cities and towns.

“Serving on NLC’s REAL Council is one of the most effective ways for a local official to advocate for racial equity in cities across the country and in Washington,” said NLC President Stodola. “I am thrilled to have Kate Stewart join a team of local leaders from around the country working to craft our platform on racial equity and to solve one of the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

The leadership of this year’s REAL council will consist of Co-Chairs LaWana Mayfield, Councilwoman, Charlotte, North Carolina, John Ostenburg, Mayor, Park Forest, Illinois and Vice Chair, Kate Stewart, Mayor, Takoma Park, Maryland.

For more information on NLC’s Race, Ethnicity and Leadership Initiative, visit:

The National League of Cities (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.