David N. Dinkins

Mr. Dinkins served as the 106th Mayor of the City of New York. He began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly.  He was president of the New York City Board of Elections, then City Clerk before his elections as President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985 and Mayor of the City of New York in 1989.

Mayor Dinkins instituted “Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids,” the dynamic criminal justice plan for hiring police officers, reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York City, and established the historic Beacon schools amongst many other accomplishments including the establishment of community healthcare centers, the reopening of libraries and record levels of new housing.

Mr. Dinkins is a founding member of the Black & Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus of New York State, the Council of Black Elected Democrats of New York State, and One Hundred Black Men.  He was vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors, and is a Member-at-Large of the Black Leadership Forum.

He serves on the board of several non-profit and charitable organizations, many of which assist children and young people — Association to Benefit Children; Children’s Health Fund; Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; Posse Foundation; Coalition for the Homeless, and the United States Tennis Association.

David N. Dinkins is also a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), serves on its Advisory Board, and hosts its Annual Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum.  In 2003, the David N. Dinkins Professorship in the Practice of Urban & Public Affairs was established at Columbia University. 

He is chairman emeritus of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and the Constituency for Africa (CFA), and serves on the steering committee of the Association for a Better New York and the New York Urban League Advisory Council.  He serves on the board of New York City Global Partners and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Community Service Society of New York, an Honorary Trustee of the Friends of Harlem Hospital and a Lifetime Member of the NAACP.

Mr. Dinkins graduated with honors from Howard University with a B.S. in mathematics in 1950, and received an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School in 1956.  He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and maintained a private law practice before entering public service.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Dinkins resides in New York City with his wife, Joyce Burrows Dinkins.

Mr. Dinkins advises the firm and its clients on a diverse array of matters.


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