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Local Progress: A National Network of Progressive Local Elected Officials

About the Campaign

Founded in 2012, Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities.

All across the country, local governments are advancing innovative policy solutions to our largest problems, and are creating new models of governance that work for the many, not just the wealthy and...

Founded in 2012, Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities.

All across the country, local governments are advancing innovative policy solutions to our largest problems, and are creating new models of governance that work for the many, not just the wealthy and well-connected few. Our network supports and connects these efforts, catalyzing policy change at the local level while creating opportunities for collaboration across our cities. By working together our members are winning change within local governments and impacting policy and governance outcomes at the state and national level.

The guiding principle behind Local Progress is that building political power and winning progressive victories requires “outside” organizing from strong community advocates and “inside” negotiation by elected officials committed to the movement, with tight coordination between the two. Local Progress is building the capacity of “inside” elected officials, while working in close partnership with community-based organizations, progressive unions, movement organizations, and policy advocates to strengthen connections and shared strategy.

Local Progress has three goals:

  1. Replicate the best policy and governance practices across cities: We do this by sharing innovative ideas throughout the network, helping legislators and advocates tailor them to their legal and political environment, and together designing strategies to win policy reforms.

  2. Engage in strategic leadership development among elected officials: We work to build the substantive skill sets, strategic vision, and coalitions and networks needed to empower members to advance a progressive municipal agenda in their cities. We support their growth as they govern successfully and advance in their careers to higher levels of elected office.

  3. Connect elected officials across cities to work collectively to impact state and federal policy: By coordinating campaigns trans-locally, we can influence state and federal policy and build a national movement of elected officials working in close collaboration with progressive movement organizations.


To learn more and to join Local Progress, please visit localprogress.org.

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Campaign Blog

Local Progress Dares to Reimagine

On August 13-15, Local Progress did something it’s never done before: Host hundreds of local elected officials and community partners for a 3-day...

Local Progress: New Toolkit to Expand Voting Rights

Experts predicted the 2020 general election would shatter voter turnout records. Now, with COVID-19, it’s clear the U.S. electoral system is not...

Local Progress Releases Analysis of Policing in 12 Cities

In 2018, Local Progress launched Reform/Transform: A Policing Policy Toolkit, a resource designed to help elected officials, policymakers, and...

First Local Progress Housing Convening Held in Durham, NC

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Local Progress Convenes Elected Officials to Build Power

In July, more than 250 local elected officials, community leaders, and policy and labor partners from across the country gathered in Detroit for the...

Using Local Budgets to Ensure Fair Counts for the 2020 Census

In May, Local Progress and the Center for Popular Democracy released an advocacy toolkit, Using Your Local Budgets to Ensure a Fair Count of Your...

Local Progress NY: Fighting for Tenants’ Rights Across New York

In partnership with the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance and other housing activists, Local Progress NY has been fighting for increased tenant...

Local Progress Holds First Texas Convening

From April 4-6, Local Progress held its first Texas convening in Austin, bringing together more than 80 local elected officials and community and...

Local Progress Hosts Webinar on North Star for Minneapolis

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Imagine a Colorado where local communities have more policy tools to meet our unique rental...

08/30/2019 | Colorado Politics

There’s a smarter way of doing politics emerging in this country, one that recognizes that every...

08/27/2019 | The Nation

Nick Licata, a 5 term Seattle City Councilmember, named progressive municipal official of the...

06/2/2019 | Medium

Nick Licata served on the Seattle City Council for 18 years until his retirement in December...

05/20/2019 | Daily KOS

Marvel introduces a gay character (who’s in one scene and has NO powers). Kamala Harris wipes...

05/4/2019 | Lovett or Leave It

Nick Licata served on the Seattle City Council for 18 years until his retirement in December...

05/4/2019 | Medium

“Nick Licata served on the Seattle City Council for 18 years until his retirement in December...

04/25/2019 | Medium

The city councils of Ithaca and Rochester have indicated their support of both bills. Kingston...

04/17/2019 | Times Union

On the steps of the Capitol last Thursday, Casar introduced the new Texas chapter of Local...

04/10/2019 | Texas Observer