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Named for the 106th Mayor of the nation's largest city, the first (and only) African American Mayor elected in New York City, the David N. Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum provides a vehicle for analysis, focus and dialogue around the dynamic elements of urban policies, programs, and initiatives.

For over 20 years, this annual forum has addressed many of the challenging issues that successful urban ecosystems must contend with --  including education, the environment, labor, tourism, incarceration and fiscal crises.

In April 2020, Professor Dinkins will welcome New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to deliver Keynote remarks. Andrew Cuomo will join this event's legacy of keynoters that includes notables such as Former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressman John Lewis, Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Congressman Charles Rangel, Mayors Ed Rendell, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio among a long list of notables.

This year Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Start of David N. Dinkins' Historic Term as the 106th Mayor of New York City. NY1's Errol Louis conducted a series of interviews in the final weeks of 2019 for a 3-part, Anniversary podcast called 'The Making of A Mosaic.' This series highlights the campaign, election, and various components that contributed to the lasting legacies of the Dinkins Administration. Thanks to Errol Louis and each of the wonderful people who gave their time and unique contributions to this important series.

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We regret to announce the postponement of our April 30th event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, attendees, program participants, and event staff.
This page will be updated once a viable fall semester date is confirmed.

As 2020 also represents the 30th Anniversary of Dinkins' New York City Mayoralty, we will pursue all scheduling options to convene this event so that we may also commemorate that historic year with our namesake.  

Welcome and Opening Remarks

David N. Dinkins

106th Mayor, City of New York; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA

Merit E. Janow

Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Cuomo
Governor, State of New York 

Panel Discussion

Michael A. Nutter

98th Mayor of Philadelphia, and Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

Christina Greer 

Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University

David Jones

 President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York 

Nancy Wackstein

Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Services

Panel Discussion Moderator

Ester R. Fuchs
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program, Columbia SIPA


Association for a Better New York (ABNY) 

The 23rd Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum is made possible with support from the Association for a Better New York (ABNY).  ABNY is a coalition of business, labor, non-profit and political leaders focused on exploring and implementing ideas that keep New York City moving forward.  With more than 300 member organizations, ABNY incorporates a comprehensive and diverse view of the issues and challenges facing New York City. ABNY is dedicated to the constant growth and renewal of New York City’s people, businesses and communities.  As the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) marches toward its 50th Anniversary in 2021, the organization reflects on the many public officials, partners, members, and friends who have worked together to keep New York City moving forward.  ABNY is grateful to Mayor David N. Dinkins for his decades-long support and firm commitment to making New York City a better place to live, work, and visit.