September 14, 2000
David N. Dinkins, the 106th mayor of New York City, is a noted advocate for children, education, and compassionate urban policy and tolerance.
Dinkins is a professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, many of which assist children and young people, such as the Children's Health Fund and Hope for Infants. Naming just two of his other roles, Dinkins is the national chairman of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and chairman emeritus of the board of the Constituency for Africa. Dinkins holds a B.S. in mathematics from Howard University, and an LL.B from Brooklyn Law School. He maintained a private law practice from 1956 though 1975.
Dinkins began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly. He served as president of New York City Board of Elections from 1972 through 1973. He was appointed City Clerk in 1975, elected President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985, and as Mayor of the City of New York in 1989, where he served a four-year term.