Executive Director

Greg Cochran 

Executive Director

Greg Cochran
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Greg was named Executive Director in July 2020 after serving the League’s membership since 1996 as Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs and then Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director. With more than 30 years of experience in governmental affairs, he has developed crucial relationships at every level of government and has served as the League’s lead lobbyist for more than two decades. During the mid-1980s, he began working on political campaigns as a volunteer, including Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar’s re-elections in 1984 and 1988. In 1990 Greg joined the staff of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama representing Alabama physicians for three years as the Director of Legislative Affairs. From 1993 until 1994 he served as Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Greg returned to Montgomery in 1994, serving as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Business Council of Alabama until 1996 when he was hired as the League’s first full-time staff lobbyist solely dedicated to state and federal legislative endeavors and governmental affairs. In 2006, Greg was named Executive Vice President of the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund), which was developed by the League to assist municipal members with refinancing existing debt and funding local projects and purchases through low-interest, cost-effective loans. He was elected AMFund President in 2008.

Greg is a longtime member of the Alabama Council of Association Executives where he was elected to serve as Treasurer (2007-08), Vice President (2008-09) and President (2009-10). He has also served on the Character Council of Alabama Board of Directors and was elected Vice Chairman for 2010-11. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee for Energy Policy and the National League of Cities’ Public Finance Consortium where he has served as Chairman since 2011. Greg also served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Chapter, International Association of Expo Managers from 2003-2005. Greg earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives and graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Institute. He is a 2018 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.

Greg attended the University of North Alabama and Troy State University majoring in Political Science. Greg was raised in a military family, growing up in Norfolk, VA, and Jacksonville, FL, where his father served in the U.S. Navy. He is married to Kelly Barclay Cochran and has two grown sons, William and Sanders. 

Kayla E. Bass 

Deputy Director

Kayla E. Bass

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Kayla was born in New Brockton, Alabama. She received her Associate of Arts degree at Enterprise State Community College in 2011 and her B.S. degree in journalism from Faulkner University in 2013. Prior to joining the Alabama League of Municipalities, Kayla served as the Communications Specialist to Governor Robert Bentley, Press Secretary to Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill and Communications Director for VOICES for Alabama’s Children.

Kayla currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Alabama League of Municipalities. In this role, she is directly responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the following departments: Advocacy, Communications, Member Services and Information Technology. Kayla will continue to provide direct lobbying support while the Legislature is in session and continue to oversee the League’s strategic partnership and membership engagement programs.

Prior to serving as Deputy Director, Kayla served as the League’s Director of External Affairs. As the Director of External Affairs, she worked to promote League legislative positions through the development and implementation of grassroots campaigns and specific advocacy strategies as well as year-round communications efforts by the League.

In 2017 she was named one of “30 Women Who Shape the State” by AL.com and Birmingham Magazine and in 2019 Kayla received the Faulkner University Young Alumna Award for the College of Arts and Sciences English, Humanities, Music, Great Books Honors Program.