A strong voice for America's smaller communities

Washington D.C. advocacy for towns and townships across the country
How we got started

The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) was formed more than 40 years ago to provide America’s smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. Eighty-five percent serve communities with less than 10,000 people and nearly half have fewer than 1,000 residents. Nearly one quarter of all Americans live in rural areas, approximately the same percentage as live in central cities

our purpose today

NATaT’s purpose today, as it was then, is to champion fair-share federal funding decisions and to promote legislative and regulatory policies designed to strengthen grassroots local government. Since 1976, NATaT’s staff and members have strived to educate lawmakers and other federal officials about the unique nature of small community government operations as well as the need for policies that meet the special needs of suburban and non-metro communities.

our agenda

As the voice for nearly 10,000 towns and townships across America, NATaT has developed a proactive federal agenda to ensure that the needs and interests of small communities are reflected in all major federal statutory, regulatory, funding, and policy decisions made in Washington. The NATaT Board of Directors identified the topics listed under Legislative Priorities. NATaT is working in collaboration with the other local government associations, the Administration, and Congress to achieve these goals.

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Board of Directors

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Mr. David Sanko
Mr. David Sanko
NATaT President
Executive Director, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
Mr. Bryan Smith
Mr. Bryan Smith
NATaT Vice President
Executive Director, Township Officials of Illinois
Mr. Gerry Geist
Mr. Gerry Geist
NATaT Secretary/Treasurer
Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York
Mr. Shirl Barnhart
Mr. Shirl Barnhart
NATaT Board Member
Chairman, PSATS Executive Board PSATS President
Mr. Matthew DeTemple
Mr. Matthew DeTemple
NATaT Board Member
Executive Director, Ohio Township Association
Mr. Jim Fisher
Mr. Jim Fisher
NATaT Board Member
Minnesota Association of Townships, NATaT Liaison
Mr. Mike Koles
Mr. Mike Koles
NATaT Board Member
Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association
Mr. Larry Merrill
Mr. Larry Merrill
NATaT Board Member
Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association
Mr. Gary Pedersen
Mr. Gary Pedersen
NATaT Board Member
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Townships

Our Staff

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Jennifer Imo
Jennifer Imo
Federal DIrector
Aindriu Colgan
Aindriu Colgan
Legislative and Policy Manager
Tina Dykstra
Tina Dykstra
Administrative Assistant
Lynna Doan
Lynna Doan
Controller

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