Booker elected to NLC Board of Directors

Published 3:35 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tryon Mayor Pro Tem elected to a one-year term 

TRYON—Tryon Mayor Pro Tempore Chrelle Booker was elected to the National League of Cities Board of Directors. 

She will serve a one-year term to provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy, governance and membership activities. 

Booker thanked the nominating committee and membership for their confirmation and trust in her to serve the people of America and NLC in this capacity. 

“It has been a pleasure to serve the more than 200 million people and 19,000 cities, towns and villages as a member on my current NLC boards,” Booker said. “For 2022, in my new roles and positions, it is my desire to be more creative, innovative and resourceful with my duties and service. I am confident, as a team, we will accomplish many good deeds for the people we represent locally before those we as a country have elected to represent us in Washington, D.C.” 

Booker will meet in March, June and November to guide NLC’s strategic direction. She was selected to serve by a 15-member nominating committee and confirmed by a vote from NLC’s membership at the organization’s annual business meeting with more than 1,00 mayors, council members and other delegates from nearly every state virtually for the City Summit. 

Booker was also appointed the chair of the NLC 2022 Information Technology and Communications Federal Advocacy Committee. 

Booker was the only person from North Carolina elected to serve on the ITC Federal Advocacy Committee for 2021. 

 As committee chair, Booker will play a key role among a diverse group of local leaders across the United States in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s 49 state municipal leagues, 19,000 cities, towns and more than 200 million people 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 Mayor Pro Tem Booker lead the Information Technology and CommunicationsCommittee and look forward to working with her to fulfill the promise of America’s cities, towns and villages.”

Booker was also appointed to the National League of Cities Women In Local Government as 2nd Vice President, which serves as a forum for communication and networking among women local elected officials and their colleagues. The caucus works to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities. This year, Booker was featured in the article “Women in Local Government: Paving the Way, Breaking Barriers & Leading Differently” and she was also one of 8 women from across the country featured for Women’s History Month 2021. 

Booker recently worked with the NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee to showcase Tryon’s water and sewer infrastructure issues in the Ready-To-Rebuild project that was presented to Congress and the Biden-Harris administration. The project became a featured article called “Strategizing for Safe Water in Tryon, NC” and Booker was invited to be a panelist for the “Stateside Chat: Small Cities, Big Infrastructure Challenges.” 

Booker was also one of less than 300 people to write a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of passing the historic Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a discount program that invested in broadband affordability to help low-income households receive the connections needed for work, school, health care and more during the pandemic. 

Booker this year added her signature to a request letter addressed to Congress to take immediate action on infrastructure.