There are a number of leadership opportunities for mayors within our organization, from committee and task force chairs to elected offices. Each spring, a Nominating Committee is assembled by the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Nominating Committee’s primary responsibility is to recommend specific mayors to serve as top officers, Trustees, and Advisory Board members.

To ensure bipartisan leadership, the standard practice dictates that a minimum of one of the top three officers (President, Vice President, and Second Vice President) must be a member of the minority political party within the United States Conference of Mayors.

Mayors seeking election to any of the open positions are asked to write a formal letter to the members of the Nominating Committee and to provide a copy of the letter to the CEO and Executive Director. The letter should formally state the desired position being sought and the reasons and qualifications for seeking such office.

The actions taken by the Nominating Committee are recommendations to the delegates gathered at the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee report is considered and voted upon by the full membership of the United States Conference of Mayors gathered for the “Business Session” of the Annual Meeting.

Additional rules and details about this process can be found in the organization’s membership handbook.

Leadership Officers

Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez

Andrew J. Ginther

Mayor of Columbus
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve

David Holt

Mayor of Oklahoma City
Vice President
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve

Todd Gloria

Mayor of San Diego
2nd Vice President
CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran

CEO and Executive Director

Past Presidents

Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez
Hillary Schieve
Mayor of Reno

Past President | 2023-24

Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez
Francis X. Suarez
Mayor of Miami

Past President | 2022-23

Bryan K. Barnett
Mayor of Rochester Hills

Past President | 2019-20

Elizabeth B. Kautz
Mayor of Burnsville

Past President | 2009-11


Leirion Gaylor Baird
Mayor of Lincoln
Justin Bibb
Mayor of Cleveland
J. Christian Bollwage
Mayor of Elizabeth, NJ
LaToya Cantrell
Mayor of New Orleans
Jane Castor
Mayor of Tampa
Joy Cooper
Mayor of Hallandale Beach
Jerry Dyer
Mayor of Fresno
Kate Gallego
Mayor of Phoenix
John Giles
Mayor of Mesa
Tishaura O. Jones
Mayor of St. Louis
Jon Mitchell
Mayor of New Bedford
Aftab Pureval
Mayor of Cincinnati
Steven Reed
Mayor of Montgomery
Jim Ross
Mayor of Arlington
Acquanetta Warren
Mayor of Fontana

Advisory Board

  • Arunan Arulampalam | Hartford, CT
  • Ethan Baker | Troy, MI
  • Chris Barnett | Charter Township of Orion, MI
  • Karen Bass | Los Angeles, CA
  • Lacey Beaty | Beaverton, OR
  • Muriel Bowser | Washington, DC
  • Sharon Weston Broome | Baton Rouge, LA
  • Barbara Buffaloe | Columbia, MO
  • Paige G. Cognetti | Scranton, PA
  • Buddy Dyer | Orlando, FL
  • Joe Ganim | Bridgeport, CT
  • Carolyn G. Goodman | Las Vegas, NV
  • Abdullah Hammoud | Dearborn, MI
  • Quentin Hart | Waterloo, IA
  • Gerard Hudspeth | Denton, TX
  • Chris Jensen | Noblesville, IN
  • Tim Keller | Albuquerque, NM
  • Heidi Lueb | Tigard, OR
  • Lily Mei | Fremont, CA
  • Christina Muryn | Findlay, OH
  • Ron Nirenberg | San Antonio, TX
  • Mattie Parker | Fort Worth, TX
  • D.C. Reeves | Pensacola, FL
  • Rex Richardson | Long Beach, CA
  • Daniel Rickenmann | Columbia, SC
  • Andy Schor | Lansing, MI
  • Scott Singer | Boca Raton, FL
  • Brett Smiley | Providence, RI
  • Levar Stoney | Richmond, VA
  • Matt Tuerk | Allentown, PA
  • Brian C. Wahler | Piscataway, NJ
  • Steve Williams | Huntington, WV
  • Victoria Woodards | Tacoma, WA

Past Presidents

  • Hillary Schieve, Reno (2023-24) (81st)*
  • Francis X. Suarez, Miami (2022-23) (80th)*
  • Nan Whaley, Dayton (2021-22) (79th)
  • Greg Fischer, Louisville (2020-21) (78th)
  • Bryan K. Barnett, Rochester Hills (2019-20) (77th) *
  • Steve Benjamin, Columbia, SC (2018-19) (76th)
  • Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans (2017-18) (75th)
  • Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City (2016-17) (74th)
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore (2015-16) (73rd)
  • Kevin Johnson, Sacramento (2014-15) (72nd)
  • Scott Smith, Mesa (2013-14) (71st)
  • Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia (2012-13) (70th)
  • Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles (2011-12) (69th)
  • Elizabeth B. Kautz, Burnsville (2009-11) (68th) *
  • Greg Nickels, Seattle (2009) (67th)
  • Manuel A. “Manny” Diaz, Miami (2008-09) (66th)
  • Douglas H. Palmer, Trenton (2006-08) (65th)
  • Michael A. Guido, Dearborn (2006) (64th)
  • Beverly O’Neill, Long Beach (2005-06) (63rd)
  • Donald L. Plusquellic, Akron (2004-05) (62nd)
  • James A. Garner, Hempstead (2003-04) (61st)
  • Thomas M. Menino, Boston (2002-03) (60th)
  • Marc H. Morial, New Orleans (2001-02) (59th)
  • H. Brent Coles, Boise (2000-01) (58th)
  • Wellington E. Webb, Denver (1999-00) (57th)
  • Deedee Corradini, Salt Lake City (1998-99) (56th)
  • Paul Helmke, Fort Wayne (1997-98) (55th)
  • Richard M. Daley, Chicago (1996-97) (54th)
  • Norman B. Rice, Seattle (1995-96) (53rd)
  • Victor Ashe, Knoxville (1994-95) (52nd)
  • Jerry Abramson, Louisville (1993-94) (51st)
  • William J. Althaus, York (1992-93) (50th)
  • Raymond L. Flynn, Boston (1991-92) (49th)
  • Robert M. Isaac, Colorado Springs (1990-91) (48th)
  • Kathryn J. Whitmire, Houston (1989-90) (47th)
  • Arthur J. Holland, Trenton (1988-89) (46th)
  • Richard L. Berkley, Kansas City (MO) (1987-88) (45th)
  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Charleston (1986-87) (44th)
  • Ernest N. Morial, New Orleans (1985-86) (43rd)
  • Hernan Padilla, San Juan (1984-85) (42nd)
  • Richard H. Fulton, Nashville (1983-84) (41st)
  • Coleman A. Young, Detroit (1982-83) (40th)
  • Helen G. Boosalis, Lincoln (1981-82) (39th)
  • Richard G. Hatcher, Gary (1980-81) (38th)
  • Richard E. Carver, Peoria (1979-80) (37th)
  • William H. McNichols, Jr., Denver (1978-79) (36th)
  • Lee Alexander, Syracuse (1977-78) (35th)
  • Kenneth A. Gibson, Newark (1976-77) (34th)
  • Moon Landrieu, New Orleans (1975-76) (33rd)
  • Joseph L. Alioto, San Francisco (1974-75) (32nd)
  • Roy B. Martin, Jr., Norfolk (1973-74) (31st)
  • Louie Welch, Houston (1972-73) (30th)
  • Henry W. Maier, Milwaukee (1971-72) (29th)
  • James H.J. Tate, Philadelphia (1970-71) (28th)
  • Jack D. Maltester, San Leandro (1969-70) (27th)
  • Terry D. Schrunk, Portland, OR (1968-69) (26th)
  • Joseph M. Barr, Pittsburgh (1967-68) (25th)
  • Jerome P. Cavanaugh, Detroit (1966-67) (24th)
  • Neal S. Blaisdell, Honolulu (1965-66) (23rd)
  • Raymond R. Tucker, St. Louis (1963-65) (22nd)
  • Arthur L. Selland, Fresno (1963) (21st)
  • Richard C. Lee, New Haven (1962-63) (20th)
  • Anthony J. Celebreeze, Cleveland (1962) (19th)
  • Haydon Burns, Jacksonville (1961-62) (18th)
  • Richardson Dilworth, Philadelphia (1960-61) (17th)
  • Richard J. Daley, Chicago (1959-60) (16th)
  • Norris Poulson, Los Angeles (1958-59) (15th)
  • Robert F. Wagner, New York (1957-58) (14th)
  • John B. Hynes, Boston (1955-57) (13th)
  • Elmer E. Robinson, San Francisco (1953-55) (12th)
  • Thomas A. Burke, Cleveland (1953) (11th)
  • Martin H. Kennelly, Chicago (1952-53) (10th)
  • David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh (1950-52) (9th)
  • W. Cooper Green, Birmingham (1949-50) (8th)
  • George W. Welsh, Grand Rapids (1947-49) (7th)
  • Edward J. Kelly, Chicago (1945-47) (6th)
  • Fiorello H. Laguardia, New York (1935-45) (5th)
  • Daniel W. Hoan, Milwaukee (1934-35) (4th)
  • T. Semmes Walmsley, New Orleans (1933-34) (3rd)
  • James M. Curley, Boston (1933) (2nd)
  • Frank Murphy, Detroit (1933) (1st)

* Denotes a past president currently serving as mayor.