Carolyn Coleman is executive director of the League of California Cities. To this role, she brings 25 years of experience as a leader and an advocate in the public and private sectors. She joined the League of California Cities in December 2016 after a decade as senior executive and director of federal advocacy at the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, DC. During her tenure at NLC, she oversaw the organization’s advocacy efforts and worked closely with city leaders and the 49 state municipal leagues throughout the country to advance NLC’s priorities in matters before Congress, the federal administration, and the courts. Prior to working with NLC, she served as deputy mayor for the City of Indianapolis, where she focused on economic development, infrastructure, and community engagement. She previously practiced law and held marketing leadership positions in the private sector. In addition to her professional endeavors, she serves on the board of trustees of the University of Indianapolis and on the dean’s cabinet at the McGeorge School of Law. She holds a law degree from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Kansas.