NLC names Mayor Steve Benjamin as Honorary Co-Chair

NLC names Mayor Steve Benjamin as Honorary Co-Chair

New Leaders Council (NLC), the premier training program for progressive millennials, announced today that Columbia, South Carolina mayor, Stephen K. Benjamin has been named an Honorary Co-Chair of the organization.

“Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin’s progressive score sheet as Mayor of Columbia and a leader among Mayors across the country make him a perfect mentor and leader for the New Leaders Council community,” said Chris Kelly, Chairman of NLC. “New Leaders Council’s 6,000 alumni work each day to better their communities, and Mayor Benjamin is a shining example how hard work and collaboration can bring about positive, progressive change.” 

“The fellows and community members of the New Leaders Council are a rising force to watch in the progressive and political space,” said Mayor Benjamin. “NLC provides these young adults with the skills to make progressive change and they are doing it.  Whether it is running for office, advocating for policy changes, or starting businesses and nonprofits, the future of our local communities and our nation rests in these changemakers.  I am honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the New Leaders Council and look forward to providing advice and guidance to its cohort to make a more equitable and fair world." 

The announcement of Mayor Benjamin as an NLC Honorary Co-Chair comes at the launch of NLC South Carolina.  The first class of NLC South Carolina fellows met this past weekend to focus on leadership development and the expansion of the chapter in the Palmetto State.

Since being elected as mayor of Columbia in 2010, Mayor Benjamin’s administration has been characterized by his firm belief in Columbia’s potential and intense focus on job creation. In his first term alone, his leadership helped cut unemployment in the metro by roughly half and secured billions of dollars in new regional capital investment in the midst of a national recession.

As part of his commitment to fostering a world class police department in the City, Mayor Benjamin introduced the “Justice for All” initiative in 2014, which implemented new training, competitive pay, diverse representation and community engagement to strengthen the foundation of trust and accountability that exists between our communities and law enforcement agencies.

Under Mayor Benjamin’s leadership, Columbia is the first community in South Carolina to commit to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2036.  Mayor Benjamin co-chairs the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Initiative and introduced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors – of which he is Vice President – a resolution that would formally establish support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in cities nationwide. 

In this role, Mayor Benjamin joins NLC Co-Chairs Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, New York Assemblyman Michael Blake, Cooke County, Illinois State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, California State Board of Equalization Representative Fiona Ma, and Florida Representative Loranne Ausley.

Read more about Mayor Benjamin here.

Caption: Mayor Benjamin with the inaugural New Leaders Council South Carolina fellows.