Carolyn Coleman is executive director of the League of California Cities. From 2006 to 2016, she served as director of federal relations for the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, where she focused on advancing the interests of local governments in matters before the three branches of the federal government. Before that, she served for four years as a deputy mayor for the City of Indianapolis, leading initiatives in the areas of community and economic development, public works, and parks. She also served for nearly two years as director of the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development. Before joining the public sector, she practiced law with Faegre, Baker and Daniels and held leadership positions in marketing. She holds a law degree from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Kansas.