June 27, 2013
LAWT News Service
Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, is pleased to announce that he was elected President of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) for the coming year. Mayor Johnson and eleven fellow mayors were unanimously elected at the 39th Annual NCBM conference in Atlanta, Georgia from May 29 to June 2, 2013 under the theme "Restore, Rebuild, Renew: Leaving No City Behind."
As President, Mayor Johnson will set the organization's agenda, appoint committee and task force chairs, and serve as national spokesman for the nation's 650 Black mayors representing some 48 million U.S. citizens.
"I am honored to assume this new position with the National Conference of Black Mayors," said Johnson. "NCBM has a rich 40 year history that is important to preserve and build on. The organization has faced some challenges, but we are going to address each one head on with the appropriate corrective and rehabilitative action required. I have no doubt that the new officers of the organization will restore it to preeminence and serve as an important voice on the national stage."
The election of new leadership led by Mayor Kevin Johnson marks the beginning of a new chapter for the organization as a leading voice for African Americans across the country.
Elected in November 2008, Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of Sacramento and the first African American to serve in this office. He was reelected in 2012 to a second term. He previously served as NCBM's First Vice President and Executive Board Member (April 9, 2011 to Present); and NCBM's Chair, Task Force of the Education Committee. Johnson also serves as 2nd Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is slated to become President in June 2014. Mayor Johnson succeeds The Honorable Robert L. Bowser, the 12th Mayor of East Orange, New Jersey.
The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) represents more than 650 African American Mayors across the United States; collectively its membership represents over 48 million citizens. NCBM is a leader in the redevelopment of our most vulnerable communities and works towards the empowerment of leadership on the local level. Founded in 1974 with the mission to enhance the executive management capacity of its member mayors, NCBM articulates public policy positions and serves as a clearinghouse of information pertinent to municipal development and financing. NCBM provides technical and management assistance through cutting-edge research, best practices and partnerships that enable its mayors to challenge and overcome grappling issues that erode the vitality and sustainability of our nation's cities.
You can follow the Mayor on twitter @kj_Mayorjohnson