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Collins, Nida, Webb Take on New Roles at League

February 14, 2014

The League today announced one new addition to its Governmental Affairs team and new roles for two current members of the team. Sarah Collins has been named as the League's Regulatory Affairs Associate, while Chris Nida will serve as the League's Director of Research and Policy Analysis, and Jennifer Webb is transitioning to a new role as the League's Executive Liaison.

Collins, the League's new Regulatory Affairs Associate, is a May 2013 graduate of the Campbell University School of Law. Her first day with NCLM will be Feb. 21.

“We are excited to have Sarah joining our Governmental Affairs team,” said Paul Meyer, League Executive Director. “She brings significant prior experience with municipal government and the N.C. General Assembly, as well as detailed knowledge of the environmental regulatory issues that face our cities and towns. We are confident Sarah will be able to continue executing a robust regulatory advocacy program on behalf of all of our state’s cities and towns.”

Collins is a Raleigh native who received her undergraduate degree from Meredith College. While in law school, Collins pursued internships focusing on environmental regulatory policy with the City of Raleigh, the N.C. Attorney General Office’s Environment Division, and the League. Before returning to school for her law degree, Collins worked as a legislative assistant at the N.C. General Assembly as well as a legal assistant with DeMent, Askew, Gammon & DeMent. She also served in several roles with organizations that advocated on environmental regulatory policy matters.

"I am glad to have this opportunity to pursue common-sense environmental regulations for cities and towns across the state," Collins said. "In my previous roles, I have seen how hard municipalities work to be good stewards of the environment while complying with the many state and federal mandates placed upon them, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work on their behalf. I look forward to continuing to develop the League's regulatory advocacy program, which plays a key role in making sure municipalities are not subject to burdensome environmental regulations that drive up the cost of services for all city businesses and residents."

Nida will serve as the League's Director of Research and Policy Analysis after being a part of the League's Governmental Affairs team for over five years. He was originally in the role of the League's Research Analyst before being named Policy & Communication Specialist. Throughout his time at the League he has compiled tremendous experience working with League members, analyzing legislative proposals, researching municipal issues, staffing the League's policy development process, writing communications for our members, and managing the League's surveys. He is a 2008 graduate of the Duke University Master of Public Policy Program. His first day as Director of Research and Policy Analysis will be Monday.

Webb will be moving into a new role as the League's Executive Liaison. Working directly with Meyer, she will manage the day-to-day activities of the Executive Director's office while also working with departments across the League to ensure the cohesiveness fo the League's service to its municipal members statewide. Jennifer has spent the past five years as the League's Grassroots Coordinator/Legislative Assistant, where she built the League's LeagueLINC grassroots program and assisted in the Governmental Affairs team's advocacy efforts.

"Jennifer brings over five years of experience on our staff, and she has served in many cross-departmental roles during her prior work at DuPont and the American Lung Association," Meyer said. "She has been instrumental in elevating our governmental affairs efforts in the middle of very tough times, and she will be a valuable asset to the League's executive team."

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Paul Meyer