Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean was voted by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors during their 70th annual meeting in Madison, Wis. The board provides leadership and guidance to the development and implementation of conference policy and programs.
J. Thomas Cochran, executive director of the conference, said Dean would help ensure the mayors "establish and promote a strong agenda that addresses the needs of America's working families.''
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country, each represented in the conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
The primary role of the conference is to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, strengthen federal-city relationships and ensure that federal policy meets urban needs. It also provides mayors with leadership and management tools and creates a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.