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 Democratic Municipal Officials 2014 Board of Directors




Cindy Lerner
Mayor, Pinecrest, FL
DNC Executive Committee Member

Mayor Cindy Lerner was elected as Pinecrest's third mayor on November 4th, 2008 and re-elected for a second term without opposition on November 6th, 2012. Mayor Lerner currently serves on the Miami-Dade County Community Based Care Alliance, is Vice Chair of the National League of Cities' Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Steering Committee and is the incoming President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.


President Emeritus


Eric Garcetti
Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
Former DNC Executive Committee Member

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking 
office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.

President Emeritus

Joe Moore
Alderman, Chicago, IL
Former DNC Executive Committee Member

Alderman Joe Moore has represented Chicago's 49th Ward since 1991. Moore recently served on the Board of the National League of Cities (NLC), a national organization that advocates on behalf of America's cities and towns, and now serves on its advisory council. Moore also served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where DNC Chairman, Governor Howard Dean, appointed Moore to a newly formed DNC Committee on Budget and Finance.

Vice President

Joe Buscaino
City Council Member, Los Angeles, CA
DNC Member

Councilman Buscaino (bOO-sky-EE-no) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, elected on January 17, 2012. In addition, he serves as the Mayor's appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities.

Representative to the DNC

Myron Lowery
City Council Chairman, Memphis, TN
DNC Member

Councilman Lowery has served as a board member of the Tennessee Municipal League, Tennessee Quality, Goals for Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Goodwill Boys Club, The Memphis Zoo, the Headstart Policy Council, and the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College. In the national arena, Councilman Lowery serves on the Board of Directors for National League of Cities and as Vice-President of the National Association of Black Journalists and as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice- Chairman and Chairman of the Democratic Municipal Officials.







Ian Pfeiffer

Alderman, Annapolis, MD

After many years on Capitol Hill, Alderman Pfeiffer accepted a year-long fellowship and earned a Master's in Public Administration and Politics degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. While in graduate school, he developed the framework for an independent government relations consulting practice that would focus on smaller municipalities, companies, and community organizations, particularly those with transportation projects.

Finance Chair

Pam O'Connor
Mayor, Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Pam O'Connor was first elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1994, and is currently in her fourth term as Mayor. Mayor O'Connor works with cities throughout the world on environmental, sustainability and climate issues as a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability-USA Board. She is on the Board of Directors of the Local Government Commission, California Transit Association, National Association of Regional Councils and CalCog. She is an active member of the National League of Cities and the US Conference of Mayors.

Deputy Finance Chair

David Mayer
Mayor, Gloucester Township, NJ

In 2010 the Honorable David Mayer became the mayor of Gloucester Township in New Jersey.  In 2002 Mayor Mayer was elected to Gloucester Township's Council for one year before running for the State Assembly. He served in the assembly in 2003 and 2005 before returning to the municipal level and embarking on the road to mayor of Gloucester Township.


Patsy Kinsey
City Council Member, Charlotte, NC

Councilwoman Kinsey is serving her sixth term as a member of the Charlotte City Council. In July 2013, Kinsey became Charlotte's second female Mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council to serve out the remaining term of former Mayor Anthony Foxx from July to December 2013. She chairs the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee and is a member of the Council-Manager Relations and Transportation and Planning Committees.


State Chapter Council Chair

Greg Pettis
City Council Member, Cathedral City, CA

Councilman Pettis has been a member of the Cathedral City Council since his election in 1994. He has made a powerful impact on the lives of Cathedral City residents by developing a first-time homebuyer program, completing the city's new public library, and assisting the police and other agencies to crack down on drug abuse in the Cathedral City area. He also helped oversee the rejuvenation of the city's downtown area. Greg is currently working on initiatives to improve the health care system, environment, education, and economy.

Policy Council Chair

Dan Besse
City Council Member, Winston-Salem, NC

Councilman Besse currently serves on the Board of the National League of Cities (NLC) and as chair of the Large Cities Council for NLC. He also serves as a member of the NLC Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee.


Policy Council Vice Chair

Debbie Goettel
Mayor, Richfield, MN

Debbie Goettel is serving a third term as Mayor of Richfield. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, U of MN and completed masters studies in Environmental Sustainability at Harvard. She sits on the Community & Economic Development Policy & Advocacy Committee at National League of Cities.

DMO Board Member

Leland Cheung
City Council Member, Cambridge, MA

Councilman Cheung is currently serving his second term on the Cambridge City Council. Additionally, Cheung is a member of Governor Deval Patrick's Asian American Commission, Massachusetts State Chair for the Democratic Municipal Organization, Massachusetts Democratic State Committee member, member of the Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations for the Massachusetts Municipal Organization, and Steering Committee member on Community and Economic Development for the National League of Cities.

DMO Board Member

Chris Coleman
Mayor, St. Paul, MN

Chris Coleman took office as Saint Paul's Mayor in 2005 after several years as a city council member, community and neighborhood leader. Mayor Coleman is currently the President of the National League of Cities (NLC), a national organization of city leaders across the United States. In 2012, Mayor Coleman was elected as the Second Vice President of NLC, and became the League's Vice President in 2013.

DMO Board Member

Van R. Johnson II
Mayor Pro Tem, Alderman, Savannah, GA

A graduate and former Vice President of Leadership Savannah and a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Alderman Johnson currently works with the Georgia Municipal Association, National League of Cities, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Fraternal Order of Police, Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Pi Alpha Alpha, and Pi Gamma Mu.

DMO Board Member

Nick Licata
City Council Member, Seattle, WA

Councilman Licata began his career in politics in 1998 and is currently serving his fourth term on the Seattle City Council. During his time on the City Council Nick has begun Seattle's Poet Populist Position, writes and maintains Urban Politics, an electronic newsletter, founded the Civic Foundation (which promotes neighborhood issues), is the acting President of the 911 Media Arts Board, founded Friends of Westlake Park, acts as the founding board member of CHHIP, and much more.


DMO Board Member

Bill Peduto
Mayor, Pittsburgh, PA

Bill Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013. He has worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council, as a staffer and Member of Council representing District 8, and resides in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city. In addition, Bill Peduto has been directly involved in over $2 billion in transformative redevelopment of the city’s East End. Through his many years of work representing and working in City Council, Bill Peduto has had extensive experience in helping transform Pittsburgh’s economy into a Med/Ed New Economy.
DMO Board Member

Mike Suarez
City Council Member, Tampa, FL

Prior to his election to the Tampa City Council in 2011, Councilman Suarez worked with with Senator Bob Graham's office, eventually taking the Central Florida District Representative position in 1990.
Councilman Suarez has served as President of the Guardian Ad Litem Guild (renamed Voices for Children), the subcommittee for Urban Enterprises Initiatives and was Chairman of the Water Resource subcommittee for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. From 1997 to 2004 Mike has helped select candidates to the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies for Senator Graham and since 2005 for Senator Bill Nelson.

DMO Board Member





A. C. Wharton
Mayor, Memphis, TN

A.C. Wharton Jr. is the 63rd mayor of the City of Memphis, elected in 2009 with 61 percent of the vote in a field of 25 candidates.  In addition, for the first time in decades, Memphis is involved in national conversations about cities, including the Obama White House, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Brookings Institution, CEOs for Cities, National Endowment for the Arts, Mayor's Institute of Civic Design. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Mayor Wharton to help review his city's anti-poverty plans, and with Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Mayor Wharton is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition.


Alumni Council Chair

Chuck Lesnick
Former Council President, Yonkers, NY

As Council President, Chuck presided over the City Council of New York’s fourth largest City with 200,000 residents and a budget in excess of $900 million. In this position Chuck was also a voting member of all standing committees of the City Council (Chairing Rules and Budget & Finance), the Board of Contract and Supply, the Empire Zone Advisory Board and the Community Development Agency (CDA). In addition to serving as Council President, Chuck is a private practice lawyer in Yonkers specializing in Historic Façade Conservation Easement Deductions.


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