Keith James

Position title: Mayor, West Palm Beach, FL

Why did you decide to join the steering committee?

I was very impressed by the philosophy of bringing mayors, and just mayors, together to share their experiences. Being a mayor is a very unique position, and I appreciate having access to other individuals who are experiencing some of the same challenges as I.

What makes MIP unique from other organizations?

It’s focus the role of Mayors in their community. Although I was a Commissioner for 8 years, I had no idea of the gravity of the role of a mayor. I thought I did; but it took sitting in this seat to really understand the opportunities presented by this position.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new mayor on what you’ve learned in your role, what would it be?

Learn as much as possible from mayors of other cities.