For Immediate Release: April 27, 2018
African American Mayors Association Names Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert as New President
(WASHINGTON, DC) — Today, during the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) Annual Conference, “Building Bridges: Pathways to Progress,” Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens will be officially sworn in as the new President of the Association. Mayor Gilbert takes over the reigns of the organization from outgoing president, Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT, who served a full one-year term.
“Becoming president of the African-American Mayors Association is an extraordinary honor,” said new AAMA President Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens Florida. “Over the next year we will continue the conversation of equity and equality that affects African Americans throughout the country. We will focus on the diversity of issues that speak to our growth and evolution. From housing to wealth building, public safety to innovation. We are whole and our interests and needs are diverse; so shall be our advocacy.”
Outgoing president, Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT said, “I’m incredibly proud of the strides we have made this year to protect the well-being of our constituents in the face of unprecedented political tumult in Washington; and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and our allies to secure thriving futures for our cities and towns under the leadership of Mayor Gilbert.”
Mayor Gilbert will pick up where Mayor Harp left off, by connecting with mayors across America, encouraging them to participate in AAMA, and solidifying relationships with state-based organizations.