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Clarence Anthony

Clarence Anthony is CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC), the largest organization representing America’s cities and their leaders. Under his leadership, NLC has advanced policies that expand local control and provide direct funding for local programs related to public safety, infrastructure, transportation, and sustainability.

Mr. Anthony began his career in public service by serving as mayor of South Bay, Florida, for 24 years. As mayor, he created new educational and economic opportunities for residents — including building his community’s first library. During that time, he served as president of the Florida League of Cities and NLC.

Following his time in office, Mr. Anthony represented local governments on the world stage as Founding Treasurer and Interim Manager of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He later founded Anthony Government Solutions, a firm focused on strategic visioning, policy development, and management restructuring for government and private sector organizations.