Baltimore City Councilwoman to Lead National Organization of Black County Officials

Councilwoman Holton addresses the National Association of Counties at the 79th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 14, 2014.

As reported by the The National Organization of Black County Officials, Inc. (NOBCO), under the leadership of Board Chairman, Roy C. Brooks, NOBCO has hired Helen L. Holton as its Executive Director, effective July 1, 2014. Holton is a Baltimore City Councilwoman, serving in her 5th term as an elected local government legislator and community advocate. Councilwoman Holton currently also serves as MACo’s representative to the National Association of Counties Board of Directors.

As described in NOBCO’s press release, Holton grew up in the Baltimore region and is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute of Theology.  She began her college training at Morgan State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Accounting, a graduate certificate in Leadership Development, a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Theology, and a M.A. in Urban Ministry.  Ms. Holton is also a Certified Public Accountant and holds designation as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

“As chairman of the Board of Directors, I am eager to work with Helen to bring fresh insights and undiscovered resources to NOBCO. We have worked together for more than a decade and I am confident under her leadership as Executive Director we are positioned to make greater impact locally and nationally,” said Roy C. Brooks.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this great organization at this time and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors of NOBCO to propel us toward higher heights in fulfilling our mission in local communities across America” said Helen Holton.

The National Organization of Black County Officials, Inc. (NOBCO) is a 501(c) corporation, established in 1982, representing a coalition of black elected and appointed officials within county government for all 50 states. NOBCO services as an information clearinghouse for organizational concerns and provides a program and project structure to educate, train and assist government officials and community members in making a difference. NOBCO provides education and training to black county officials, others in government, representatives from community based organizations and agencies, and concerned citizens. Current program focus areas include economic and community development, healthcare and health equity, environmental matters, justice, and civil rights issues. NOBCO serves more than 3,000 black elected and appointed county officials throughout the country.

For more information, please contact Helen Holton, NOBCO Executive Director, at (202) 350-6696, or