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N.C. League of Municipalities

Who We Are

​​​​​​​​​​​The North Carolina League of Municipalities is truly a member-driven organization, with those members deciding advocacy goals, directing internal- and external-facing policies, and leading service initiatives. An active, 35-member Board of Directors represents a diverse group of cities and towns of all sizes, from the mountains to the coast. NCLM members are dedicated to the idea that, working cooperatively together, we can protect local decision-making authority so that local residents can pursue their own unique visions of what their towns and cities can and should be. With that aim in mind, we strive not only to serve an array of needs of our member municipalities, but to bolster local leadership and empower North Carolina citizens so that they can make their cities and towns the best that they can be. 

NCLM: Then, Now & Ahead

History of the League

From its origins more than a century ago and through its impactful evolution as an advocate for cities and towns across the state, the North Carolina League of Municipalities is explained in this archives-heavy documentary produced and edited by Ben Brown.

Rose Vaughn Williams


Rose Vaughn Williams was named Executive Director of the NC League of Municipalities in December 2021. Prior to that, she served in a leadership role at the League for nearly seven years, most recently as the Associate Executive Director of Public and Government Affairs.

Rose came to the League from the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), where she served for eight years as the Legislative Counsel to two statewide elected Commissioners of Insurance. While at NCDOI, she worked on major reforms to the property insurance system and workers’ compensation system, issues arising in auto liability insurance, and health insurance issues, most notably the integration of the federal Affordable Care Act. In this role, Rose was recognized as one of the state’s top 50 lobbyists by the Center for Public Policy Research.

Rose also served as a District Court Judge. Prior to her five-year judgeship, Rose was a partner in a private law firm where she represented insurance companies and claimants, as well as other private and commercial clients. She also clerked for a N.C. Supreme Court justice prior to practicing law.

Rose is a North Carolina native, born in Eden and raised in Raleigh. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Rose is married and has two adult children.