Brown Joins Ohio Mayors Alliance Board

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mayor Jamael Tito Brown has been named to the board of directors of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of mayors from more than two dozen of Ohio’s largest cities.

Brown was appointed to serve the board vacancy that was created when Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced her candidacy for Ohio governor. A member of the initial steering committee that formed the organization in 2016, Whaley will remain a member of the coalition while stepping down from her leadership position on the board.

The alliance’s nominating committee recommended Brown to the board. The committee is composed of the board members of the Ohio Mayors Alliance Foundation, former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell and Keary McCarthy, OMA executive director. 

The Youngstown Democrat, who joined the alliance in 2018 after taking office as mayor, said it was an honor to be appointed to the board. 

“The work that this organization has done to support our communities during this difficult year has been incredibly impactful. It has also given mayors a great forum to support each other, share innovative ideas and promote the importance of bipartisan cooperation,” he said in a statement. 

“We’re thrilled to have Mayor Brown join the board and we know he will be a great addition to our bipartisan leadership team,” Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn, a Republican, said. “Mayor Brown’s collaborative approach will be a perfect fit for our continual efforts to build stronger partnerships with state and federal leaders.” 

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, a Democrat, also praised Brown’s selection.

“It will be great to have such a strong leader representing the Mahoning Valley on our board,” he said. “Mayor Whaley has been an incredible leader and partner in forming this bipartisan advocacy coalition. She will be greatly missed on the board, but we know Mayor Brown will step right in and continue her great work.” 

Along with Ginther and Muryn, Brown will join Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Kettering Mayor Don Patterson, Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter on the board. 

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