Supporting New Mayors

After being elected, new mayors must immediately tackle unique challenges that very few people will understand. In 2021 especially, 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 these leaders the opportunity to join a small peer cohort, informed by the wisdom from current and former mayors.

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“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 Cohorts

After our successful 2019 New Mayors Training in Columbia, SC we kicked off the inaugural New Mayors Cohort (virtually) in March 2020.

2019 & 2020 Participants

Thurman Bartie, Port Arthur, TX
Jamael Tito Brown, Youngstown, OH
Breea Clark, Norman, OK
Paige Cognetti, Scranton, PA
Kelly Girtz, Athens-Clarke County, GA
Reed Gusciora, Trenton, NJ
Leslie Hager-Smith Blacksburg, VA
Keith James, West Palm Beach, FL
Tim Keller, Albuquerque, NM
Indya Kincannon, Knoxville, TN
Jason Lary, Stonecrest, GA
Bruno Lozano, Del Rio, TX
Nickole Nesby, Duquesne, PA
Kim Norton, Rochester, MN
Steven Reed, Montgomery, AL
Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield, MN
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison, WI
Derek Slaughter, Williamsport, PA
Laura Weinberg, Golden, CO
Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Kankakee, IL

“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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