Lottie Shackelford

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Lottie Shackelford
Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas
In office
January 1987 – December 1988
Preceded byThomas Prince[1]
Succeeded byFloyd Villines[1]
Personal details
NationalityUnited States American
EducationPhilander Smith College
OccupationExecutive Vice President, Global USA, Inc.

Lottie H. Shackelford is an African-American politician, who became the first woman to be appointed Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1987.[1] In 1993, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) by President Bill Clinton [2], making her the first African American woman to serve in that capacity. She has also served as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for 20 years, making her the longest serving holder of this post.[3]



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 citywide 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 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 was appointed Co-Chair of the 1988 Democratic National Convention, held in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Shackelford has been a Delegate to every Democratic National Convention since 1980.

Ms. Shackelford's 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.

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.



  1. ^ a b c "Mayors of Little Rock | City of Little Rock". Littlerock.org. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. ^ "The Democratic Party". 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  3. ^ a b "Past Inductees". Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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