David N. Dinkins
Professor of Practice in Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Former Mayor of the City of New York

David Dinkins participated in the World Leaders Forum panel, Governing a Diverse City in a Democratic Society, in January 2007.

David Dinkins is professor in the practice of public affairs at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and serves on its Board of Advisors. The University recently established a David N. Dinkins Professorship in the Practice of Urban & Public Affairs and launched the Dinkins Archives and Oral History Project.

The 106th Mayor of the City of New York, Mr. Dinkins began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly. He served as president of the New York City Board of Elections from 1972 through 1973, and was appointed City Clerk in 1975. He was elected president of the Borough of Manhattan in November 1985, and mayor of the City of New York in November 1989, serving a four-year term.

Mayor Dinkins instituted "Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids," the model criminal justice plan for reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York City, and established the Beacon schools. Fond of referring to New York City as a "gorgeous mosaic," Mr. Dinkins continues to be a vocal advocate for children, education, compassionate urban policy, and tolerance.

Mr. Dinkins chairs the New York City/Johannesburg Sister City Program, serves on the Advisory Board of Independent News & Media, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the steering committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), and is a member of the Board of Directors of the upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

He serves on the board of several non-profit and charitable organizations, many of which assist children and young people. Among them are the Association to Benefit Children, the Children's Health Fund, and Friends of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Mr. Dinkins served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, received a B.S. in mathematics from Howard University and an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School, and maintained a private law practice from 1956 through 1975. He is a frequent media guest, and hosts a public affairs radio program, "Dialogue with Dinkins."


Participated In

Governing a Diverse City in a Democratic Society

Date: January 18, 2007 from 8:50 AM to 9:30 AM
Location: Low Memorial Library
Presented by New York City Global Partners, in partnership with Columbia University
in the City of New York's World Leaders Forum
and the New York Immigration

This Forum brings together
governmental leaders, policy professionals, influential citizens, and renowned
intellectuals from 18 nations representing 26 cities to examine the challenges
and the solutions faced by diverse, democratic global cities. Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and his critical commissioners discuss the challenges in New York City and the
programmatic solutions that have been implemented to address the needs of
immigrant communities.