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Valerie Lemmie
Chair

  • Email:ncl@ncl.org
  • Hometown:Dayton, OH

Valerie Lemmie began working for the Kettering Foundation as the director of exploratory research in May 2014. In 2005, Lemmie was a scholar-in-residence at the foundation and wrote about the value of public administrators working collaboratively with citizens in naming, framing, and acting on wicked community problems.

An adept strategic thinker with more than 35 years of experience in solving complex problems and controversial issues, Lemmie joined the foundation after a distinguished career in public service. She served as city manager for the cities of Petersburg, Virginia and Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio; commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio; and district director and acting chief of staff for Congressman Turner (Ohio’s 10th District). Most recently, Lemmie directed the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council, an initiative designed to evaluate transmission grid development options throughout the Interconnection. Lemmie has also served as adjunct professor at Howard University and the University of Dayton and as a fellow at the Center for Municipal Management at George Washington University.

Lemmie has served on numerous boards, including Dayton History, Initiatives of Change, National Academy of Public Administration (where she is an elected fellow), House of Representatives Committee on Urban Redevelopment, and President Clinton’s Greenhouse Gas Advisory Committee.

A published author and speaker on public policy and utility regulatory issues nationally and internationally, Lemmie received her BA in political science and urban sociology from the University of Missouri and an MA in urban affairs/public policy planning from Washington University.

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Valerie LemmieChairDirector of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation Angela RomansSecretaryFormer Senior Vice President of Programming at Say Yes to Education, Inc. Heather A. JohnstonTreasurerFormer City Manager, City of Burnsville, MN Teree Caldwell-JohnsonBoard MemberChair, Des Moines School Board Jim CloarBoard MemberCommissioner, Tampa Housing Authority Hon. Brad ColeBoard MemberExecutive Director of the Illinois Municipal League Bryan DeslogeBoard MemberCounty Commissioner, Leon County (Tallahassee, FL) Lee FeldmanBoard MemberPresident-Elect of the International City/Count Management Association (ICMA) Alex HannahBoard MemberManaging Vice President, Marketing & Communications, ICMA-RC Alicia LaraBoard MemberSenior Vice President, Impact United Way Worldwide Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr.Board MemberMayor of Roanoke, VA Hon. Ron LoveridgeBoard MemberDirector of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California Maureen McDonaldBoard MemberFormer Senior Director for Community Benefit & Relations at Kaiser Health Plan Colorado Terry MingerBoard MemberFormer President and CEO of The Piton Foundation in Denver, Colorado Derek OkuboBoard MemberExecutive Director, Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships Hon. David SanderBoard MemberCouncil Member of Rancho Cordova, California Anthony SantiagoBoard MemberSenior Fellow, Program & Partnership Development, National League of Cities Cindy SteinhauserBoard MemberCity Manager of Frankfort, KY Andy TaftBoard MemberPresident at Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Hon. Angel TaverasBoard Member Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP Wendy WillisBoard MemberExecutive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium

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