Supporting New Mayors

After being elected, new mayors must immediately tackle unique challenges that very few people will understand. Today, new mayors face the intersecting crises of the pandemic and addressing racial injustice, on top of the work of running their cities. In these unprecedented times, there is urgent demand for peer connection and executive leadership development. 

We believe that investments in the leadership of new mayors of color and new women mayors are especially critical, as they face institutional racism and sexism as additional challenges in achieving their agendas. The New Mayors Cohort offers leaders the opportunity to join a small peer cohort, informed by the wisdom from current and former mayors.

Our 2023 cohort of New Mayors included:

  • Mayor Julia Arata-Fratta, Fitchburg, WI
  • Mayor Nicole Brown, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Mayor April Graves, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Mayor Burney Jenkins, Georgetown, KY
  • Mayor Jaime Kinder, Meadville, PA
  • Mayor Heidi Lueb, Tigard, OR
  • Mayor Charles Maughan, Corvallis, OR
  • Mayor Carmen Montano, Milpitas, CA
  • Mayor Hollie Rogin, Lyons, CO
  • Mayor Donya Sartor, PhD, Jonesboro, GA
  • Mayor Jaylen Smith, Earl, AR
  • Mayor Russell Stroud, Goshen, AR
  • Mayor Hollies J. Winston, Brooklyn Park, MN



Group of Mayors in front of Wisconsin State Capital in Madison.

“The workshop provides a safe and supportive space to allow mayors to genuinely express their thoughts and feelings around the challenges of governing.”

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Kankakee IL

Past Participants

Breea Clark, Norman, OK

Bruno Lozano, Del Rio, TX

Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Kankakee, IL

Derek Slaughter, Williamsport, PA

Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown, NY

Emma Sharif, Compton, CA

Farrah Khan, Irvine, CA

Felicia Brunson, West Park, FL

Indya Kincannon, Knoxville, TN

Jamael Tito Brown, Youngstown, OH

Jason Lary, Stonecrest, GA

Kate Colin, San Rafael, CA

Katie Rosenberg, Wausau, WI

Keith James, West Palm Beach, FL

Kelly Girtz, Athens-Clarke County, GA

Kim Norton, Rochester, MN

Lacey Beaty, Beaverton, OR

Laura Weinberg, Golden, CO

Leslie Hager-Smith Blacksburg, VA

Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield, MN

Michelle Nelson, Flossmoor, IL

Nathaniel Booker, Maywood, IL

Nickole Nesby, Duquesne, PA

Nikylan Knapper, Maplewood, MO

Paige Cognetti, Scranton, PA

Reed Gusciora, Trenton, NJ

Rita Ali, Peoria, IL

Sangeetha Rayapati, Moline, IL

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison, WI

Steven Reed, Montgomery, AL

Thurman Bartie, Port Arthur, TX

Tim Keller, Albuquerque, NM

Tishaura Jones, St. Louis, MO

Vicki Scaman, Oak Park, IL

Waylyn Hobbs Jr., Hempstead, NY



“As a mayor I often felt alone and unable to relate to others in the region. Knowing that I share similar scenarios and situations with other mayors from across the country helped tremendously in managing local issues.”

Mayor Bruno Lozano, Del Rio, TX

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