Southeast Member Elected to National Governmental Board

By Beth Michaels

Deborah A. Hill (pictured), a member of the Southeast church in Cleveland, and Councilwoman in Warrensville Heights, a suburb, was recently elected to the 2008 National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors. The position was announced at the NLC’s annual Congress of Cities conference in New Orleans. The NLC is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. It serves as a resource and advocates for 19,000 cities across the nation while serving 218 million people.

Councilwoman Hill received the endorsements of the national constituency groups within the NLC, such as Women in Municipal Government, Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Hispanic Elected Local Officials, and the Ohio Municipal League. She is the first female from Northeast Ohio to ever be elected to this board. She will represent the State of Ohio during her two-year term (2008-2010).

In Hill’s capacity as a NLC board member, she will be working to develop and build consensus around the 2008 federal lobbying agenda and strategies for working with the U.S. Congress. She will be involved in identifying opportunities to raise the profile of municipal issues in the upcoming election as well as the transition to a new administration.

As a member of this prestigious board, Councilwoman Hill will assist in lobbying on Capitol Hill and in state houses, act as a spokesperson on behalf of NLC, promote two annual conferences and the Leadership Training Institute programs to colleagues, and communicate with all NLC committees, panels, councils and constituency groups.

“As an elected public servant, I have an obligation and responsibility to lead by positive example,” comments Hill. “And my daily prayer is to always lead with integrity. To God be the glory for the great things He has done.”

Hill feels blessed, humbled, and privileged to serve her community, state, and country. She still finds the time to serve as an active member of the Allegheny West Conference Executive Committee and the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee.