Marie Lopez Rogers is the first Latina ever named president of the National League of Cities. (Courtesy Avondale city)

First Latina in history elected as new National League of Cities’ president

Avondale, Arizona Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers was named the new president of the National League of Cities (NLC), an organization which seeks to help city leaders build better communities.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to help lead NLC for the coming year,” Lopez Rogers said.  “There has never been a more important time for our nation’s cities and towns. Our communities are constantly evolving and we as leaders must be increasingly more innovative, flexible and resourceful.

She served on the NLC Board of Directors from 2001-2003 and was elected as the organization’s Second Vice President in 2010.  She is past president of Women in Municipal Government and Hispanic Elected Local Officials, both NLC constituency groups.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), where she was a board member, congratulated her for her election.

“NALEO congratulates former NALEO Board Member and Avondale, Ariz. Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers on her election,” it said in a statement. “Mayor Lopez Rogers becomes the first Latina in NLC history to lead the organization, and the second Latino since then-San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1986.”

NALEO also lauded Lopez Rogers for  understanding what can be accomplished through hard work.  “Her grandparents and parents worked in labor camps and picked cotton in the Arizona desert.  As a child, she too worked alongside her migrant farmworker parents.  Mayor Lopez Rogers’ story is one of inspiration and success.”

Lopez Rogers and the other new officers, Chris Coleman, Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota the new first vice president and Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah the new second vice president will serve a one-year term in shaping NLC’s priorities and directing the organization’s advocacy, research and membership activities for the coming year.

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