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Mayor Van R. Johnson, II appointed to African American Mayors Association Board of Trustees
SAVANNAH (May 4) – Mayor Van R. Johnson, II has been appointed a member of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) Board of Trustees for a one-year term effective immediately. Mayor Johnson was officially sworn in on Friday, April 21, during AAMA’s national conference in Washington, D.C. where 80 Black mayors from across the country, the largest to ever convene at AAMA’s Conference, met with federal officials and business council members to elevate dialogue that informs and empowers the future of leadership, change, and growth in cities across America. The conference comes at a historic time when Black mayors represent the nation’s four largest cities.
Mayor Johnson is the 67th Mayor of Savannah, GA, and leads a progressive agenda in his city that focuses on accountability, inclusion, transparency, and trust. Under his administration, Savannah has successfully navigated the pandemic and made historic investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and clean energy.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new team of Mayors to the AAMA Board of Trustees and look forward to working with them to empower our member mayors and provide an unparalleled level of support for the critical work that they are doing in their respective communities,” said Phyllis Dickerson, CEO of AAMA. “Our country is at a pivotal and crucial time. Residents need to know that their mayors are actively working to improve the quality of life in their cities and working in collaboration with fellow mayors brings the best policies and practices to the forefront. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees on identifying these solutions and making monumental changes.”
AAMA's policy priorities will be anchored around key areas that are critical to the well-being of its communities. The association will prioritize public safety, address the affordability crisis, improve healthcare access, and build and reinforce 21st-century cities through investments in transportation and infrastructure, as well as environmental justice.
The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.