On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, the National Conference of Black Mayors, one of the nine organizations forming the National Policy Alliance (NPA), met with President Barack Obama and key Senior Administration officials to express its support and articulate its policy concerns. The meeting was an outcome of biweekly calls between NPA and the White House coordinated through the White House Office of Public Engagement over the past two years. Hosted by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, the dialogue was candid and engaging on issues of stimulus and economic growth, education, judicial appointments, health care reform, taxcut legislation, diversity in federal agencies, funding flows to local governments and continued engagement with the White House.
With over 11,000 elected and appointed African American officials, and over 3 million persons representing Blacks In Government (BIG), the National Policy Alliance (NPA) forms a collective of elected officials in this country that plays an instrumental role in the governance and direction of the legislative arm of government on all levels. The NPA is comprised of 10 member organizations: Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Association of Black County Officials, National Conference of Black Mayors, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, World Conference of Mayors, National Black Caucus of School Board Members, Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, and Blacks in Government; with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies serving as its secretariat.