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Former New York City Mayor
David N. 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.
As 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.