Soña L. Cooper

Title: Alderwoman

Municipality: Town of Spring Lake

Position Interested In: District Representative (District 7)

Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.

I enjoy networking and having a strong professional circle. Helping to shape the future of North Carolina Local Governments is one way I can give back. Serving will provide an excellent opportunity to affect change and support organizations working towards a cause they are passionate about. It will provide a chance to use my specific knowledge and expertise to achieve goals that align with my passions and will help to hone the focus of initiatives that resonate with me. Serving will be a uniquely rewarding experience. I have a passion to further the broadband initiative to ensure developing the infrastructure and accessibility to broadband internet for school children. I also want to be a part of helping shape the future of municipal government to gain greater control over their own functions. This all falls in line with the 2030 Vision.

Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.

I have served as an Alderwoman on the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen since December 2017, During that time I have participated in events locally and nationally. In my official capacity, I have attended meetings with the Mid-Carolina Council of Governments and focus groups, National League of City City Summit, and North Carolina League of Municipalities City Summit. I am an active member of the Small Cities Council, Human Development, and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

I attended Winston-Salem State University and majored in Psychology where I experienced my first foray into politics; registering voters on campus. My love of politics grew over time and led me to run for office. Life has also afforded me the opportunity to serve my community in many capacities. I have been a parent volunteer at my local schools, Girl Scout Leader, Board of Directors for Kingdom Community Development, and a member of Community Heartbeats which serves our local community through various methods of outreach. Finally, I serve my local faith community leading our social justice work.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • CityVision Annual Conference

  • Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days

  • Advocacy Goals Conference

  • Regional Meetings

  • Affiliate Organizations: Women in Municipal Government, North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials, and NCLM Broadband Task Force

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

I appreciate the opportunity to submit an interest form for the NCLM Board of Directors. Serving sounds really exciting and would provide me a great opportunity to make a real difference.

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