Carrie Banks

Communications Director

Carrie Banks
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Since 1997, Carrie has served as the Communications Director for the Alabama League of Municipalities where she oversees the communications, marketing and strategic planning efforts for ALM and its affiliated organizations and works closely with ALM’s community partners. Prior to joining the League's staff, she worked for the Alabama Education Retirees Association in a similar role.

Carrie has taught Fundamentals of Speech as an adjunct instructor for Troy University, Montgomery; has been a contributing writer for a regional magazine; and is a 2017 graduate of the prestigious Delta Regional Executive Leadership Institute, a year-long executive leadership academy formed by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to train leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors and industries across eight states to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. In addition, she serves as a board officer for the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) and is a board member for the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, DesignAlabama and the Friends of the Alabama Archives. She served on the Advisory Committee of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission (Alabama200) and is a past board member for the Alabama Council of Association Executives (ACAE) and the Montgomery Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA).

Originally from rural, southeastern North Carolina, Carrie received her BA in Journalism from East Carolina University and her MA in Public Relations and Advertising from The University of Alabama. She enjoys working in her yard, screened porch sitting (usually with a book) and quality time with her critters -- all rescues. She and her husband, Craig, are master-level scuba divers, outdoor enthusiasts and occasional DIY home-improvement adventurists.

Karl Franklin

Graphic Designer

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A Montgomery native, Karl Franklin joined the Alabama League of Municipalities in the summer of 2010 as the Graphic Designer for the League's Communications Department. In that role, he is responsible for designing print publications, multi-media products and promotional materials for the League. He is also responsible for the daily maintenance and content updates to ALM's website as well as assisting with all communications-related activities including public relations, marketing and publication development. Karl received his BFA in Visual Communications from Auburn University in 1994 and has worked as a graphic designer, product designer and illustrator. He has designed and illustrated a variety of items including book covers, t-shirts, children's books, coloring books, posters, bookends, figurines, and even tattoos (none for himself!). 

Karl and his family have a dog and 3 tenacious fish.