The National Civic League leverages our staff, our senior fellows and our nationally recognized board to inspire, support and celebrate civic engagement in America’s communities. Our board members from across the country are political leaders, nonprofit directors, educator and more.
For complete bios and more information about who we are, click here. This month, we are honored to introduce three national champions supporting equity and thriving communities as new board members of the National Civic League:
Chair, Des Moines School Board
Teree Caldwell-Johnson serves as CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, a housing and human services nonprofit in Des Moines, Iowa. She has held progressively responsible positions in local government across the country, most recently serving as Polk County manager from 1996-2003. Active in community, Caldwell-Johnson serves on several boards, including University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Spelman College Museum and the Directors Council.
County Commissioner, Leon County (Tallahassee, Florida)
Bryan M. Desloge spent almost 10 years with IBM in the Florida Panhandle working with public sector accounts in an administrative and marketing capacity. After IBM, he started and built Desloge Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment, a Tallahassee company that specializes in providing durable home medical equipment and respiratory services. The success of the company was validated when it was included in the prestigious INC. 500 List, which recognizes the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Desloge earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Florida State University.
Heather A. Johnston
City Manager, City of Burnsville, Minnesota
Heather Johnston currently serves as the city manager of the City of Burnsville, Minnesota, a position she has held since April 2013. Prior to becoming city manager, she served as director of administrative services and chief financial officer for the City of Burnsville. In this capacity, she had responsibility for communications, city clerk, information technology, community services and finance. Johnston served as the director of management and budget for the City of Minneapolis for over seven years. Johnston has experience in government and non-profit sectors, including at Minnesota Management & Budget and the federal Office of Management and Budget.
Nearly 125 years ago, the National Civic League was founded by community leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis and Frederick Law Olmstead to create inspiration and new models for governing and managing the nation’s cities.
The National Civic League works to foster community collaboration to build better communities. We achieve this by inspiring, supporting and recognizing inclusive approaches to community decision making. Today, more than ever, the work of the National Civic League is critical to helping create vibrant and health communities.