(Newport News, VA) – Mayor Phillip Jones has taken on a leadership role within the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) as a member of the Association’s Board of Trustees. Mayor Jones was elected to a one-year term on Friday, April 26, at AAMA’s national conference in Atlanta. During the conference, Black mayors from across the country met with federal officials and business leaders to discuss issues and legislative polices impacting their cities and to share best practices across their organizations.

“I am honored to have an opportunity to serve alongside this amazing group of board colleagues that are wholeheartedly dedicated to making their cities successful,” said Jones. “The selflessness of the AAMA members and the unwavering focus on the well-being of the cities represented will guide our work in the coming year.”

AAMA Board of Trustees:

  • Montgomery (AL) Mayor Steve Reed – President
  • Buffalo (NY) Mayor Byron Brown – 1st Vice President
  • Miramar (FL) Mayor Wayne Messam – 2nd Vice President
  • Savannah (GA) Mayor Van Johnson – Treasurer
  • Baton Rouge (LA) Mayor Sharon Weston
  • Greenville (MS) Mayor Errick Simmons
  • St. Louis (MO) Mayor Tishaura Jones
  • Baltimore (MD) Mayor Brandon Scott
  • New York (NY) Mayor Eric Adams
  • New Orleans (LA) Mayor LaToya Cantrell
  • Union City (GA) Mayor Vince Williams
  • Charlotte (NC) Mayor Vi Lyles
  • Newport News (VA) Mayor Phillip Jones
  • Tacoma (WA) Mayor Victoria Woodard
  • Plainfield (NJ) Mayor Adrian Mapp

AAMA’s policy priorities will be anchored around key areas that are critical to the well-being of its communities. The association will prioritize public safety, address the affordability crisis, improve healthcare access, and build and reinforce 21st-century cities through investments in transportation and infrastructure, as well as environmental justice.

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The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

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