|Lottie H. Shackelford|
|Education||Philander Smith College|
|Occupation||Executive Vice President, Global USA, Inc.|
|Title||Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Predecessor||Thomas A. Prince|
Lottie H. Shackelford is an African-American politician. In 1987, she became the first woman elected Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas. Six years later, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), making her the first African American woman to serve in that capacity. She is also the longest serving Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), having been continuously re-elected to the position since 1989 and working with six different Chairmen over the past eighteen years.
Ms. Shackelford received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas; she was a Senior Fellow at the Arkansas Institute of Politics; and a fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Ms. Shackelford's political career began in 1978 when she was elected to the Board of Directors for the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and was re-elected city-wide three times to that position before becoming the City’s first woman Mayor. During her tenure in local government, Ms. Shackelford directed liaison activities for minority businesses and held leadership positions in the National League of Cities. Additionally, she presented papers on local government, economic development and electoral politics, both nationally and internationally, and has led economic trade missions and conducted lecture tours in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
For the past several decades, Ms. Shackelford has worked tirelessly with the Democratic Party at the state and national level. She served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Arkansas State Democratic Committee, and was elected Secretary of the National Association of State Democratic Chairs. A member of the DNC since the early 1980s, Ms. Shackelford served as Co-Chair of the Platform Committee in 1984 and of the Rules Committee in 1988, and currently serves on the Resolutions Committee.
Ms. Shackelford’s extensive political experience at the national level also includes advising presidential candidates, working on White House transition teams, and representing the administration abroad. In 1992, she was a Deputy Campaign manager for the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign; and was later appointed Co-Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Clinton Transition Team. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Ms. Shackelford a US Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Vienna, Austria.
With wide-ranging institutional knowledge and unique political experience that few others possess, Ms. Shackelford remains an invaluable asset to the Democratic Party. In her role as DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Ms. Shackelford travels across the country and around the world, sharing the Democratic Party’s message and engaging voters in the political process. She regularly participates in political forums of other countries, including Azerbaijan, Russia, West Germany and Taiwan, and has observed elections in Romania and the Baltics.
Ms. Shackelford is Senior Executive Vice President of Global USA, Inc., and is a member of various civic and community organizations, including the National Urban League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Delta Sigma Theta sorority and The Links, Incorporated. She has an extensive record of serving on numerous boards and commissions, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Registry of Outstanding Men and Women, Esquire Magazine
- Woman of the Year, Arkansas Democrat newspaper
- 1993: Arkansas Black Hall of Fame inductee
- 1998: Mary Church Terrell Award, Delta Sigma Theta