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Posted on: October 30, 2018

Councilmember Washington Elected to NLC Board of Directors; Completes Doctorate

Councilwoman Angelia Washington

November 12, 2018 - Councilwoman Dr. Angelia J. Washington has been elected to the National League of Cities Board of Directors. She is believed to be the first from Jacksonville to ever hold such an office and is the only elected municipal leader from North Carolina serving at this time.

She was elected November 10, 2018 at the annual business meeting of the National League of Cities during their 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara, who is the President of the NC League of Municipalities and Councilmember Brian Jackson were also in attendance for the conference.

She is one of 13 elected to two-year terms on the Board of Directors, and one of five who are not mayors of their cities. She has served previously as the vice chair of the Human Development Federal Advocacy Committee and the Council for Race, Equity and Leadership. She has served in some capacity with the organization since 2015.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment, and we are proud of her, and the voice that she will add to the national conversation from Jacksonville,” said Mayor Sammy Phillips. “We congratulate her. She has been very dedicated in her work with the National Civic League and she will provide great leadership for this national organization.”

Dr. Washington will become part of the 2019 leadership team for the National League of Cities. The League’s officers and leaders provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy, governance and membership activities throughout the year. NLC is the largest and most representative organization for cities, their elected leaders and municipal staff, and advocates for city priorities in Washington by building strong federal-local partnerships.

“At a time marked by division, it is more important than ever for city leaders to come together for the good of our residents, and for the future of our country,” said National League of Cities (NLC) President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana. “Together, we can make real change happen in our nation’s cities.”

Paul Meyer, the Executive Director for the North Carolina League of Municipalities was one of four elected from state associations to the board.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.


October 30, 2018 - Councilwoman Angelia J. Washington adds a doctorate of philosophy degree to her resume after successfully defending her dissertation before a panel at NC Agricultural and Technical State University. 

Dr. Washington defended a dissertation on African American nurse educators in Proctor Hall at NC A&T State University, Monday, October 29, 2018. 

The City Council member is serving her second four-year term after first being elected to the Council in November 2011. She was unopposed in her second election in 2015. 

She began her studies three years ago and completed them with the defense of her dissertation before a committee convened by the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education as a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies. She was teaching high school and serving as a Councilmember during this time. 

Dr. Washington is employed with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) as the Nurse Aide Program Coordinator at Lejeune High School, Camp Lejeune, NC. In 2010, she began the Health Sciences and Nurse Aide Program at Lejeune High School, which became the first and remains the only DoDEA high school in the United States to offer such program. In addition, she became the first African American educator and program coordinator to hold this position within DoDEA. 

In January 2015, Councilwoman Washington was appointed as vice chair of the National League of Cities Human Development federal advocacy committee. The National League of Cities, located in Washington, DC, is an organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities for 19,000 cities and towns, representing more than 218 million Americans. Councilwoman Washington has served on this committee for four years and recently received her third reappointment as vice chair. 

She successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The lived experiences of African American Nurse Educators."

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