Toward Sustainable and Resilient Communities in the Americas: A Forum for Mayors


The Permanent Missions of the United States and Colombia to the Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the OAS, Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County co- host,  “Towards Sustainable & Resilient Communities in the Americas” a forum for mayors from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

The forum will include series of panels that will bring together scholars, political analysts, and mayors from across the region.  Together they will develop a pilot program that encourages cooperation, the exchange of knowledge, and the implementation of best practices that bring about sustainable development, economic opportunity and democratic governance.

The keynote address provided by Mark B. Rosenberg, president of FIU.

Introductions and welcome provided by:

  • John Stack, executive director, School of International and Public Affairs, FIU
  • Francisco Mora, director, Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU
  • Carmen Lomellin, ambassador and United States permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), United States Department of State
  • Sherry Tross, executive secretary for Integral Development, OAS



Morning Sessions:

  • Allan Rosenbaum, director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service, FIU
  • Howard Frank, professor, Department of Public Administration, FIU
  • Milena Neshkova, professor, Department of Public Administration, FIU
  • Darell Bradley, mayor, Belize City, Belize
  • T. M. Franklin Cownie, mayor, City of Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • Richard J. Berry, mayor, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Angel Petisco, chief information officer (CIO) / director, Information Technology Department, Miami-Dade County,
  • Benjamin de la Peña, director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Community and National Strategy
  • Joshua Haynes, senior development technologist, USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Donald L. Plusquellic, mayor, City of Akron, Ohio
  • Mardoqueo Cancax, mayor, Patzun, Guatemala
  • Helen Santiago Fink, climate change and clean energy adviser, USAID
  • Fernando R. Echavarria, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Science, Department of State
  • Hamilton Green, mayor, Georgetown, Guyana
  • Patrick Roberts, vice chairman, Building and Town Planning Committee, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Carlos Palma, mayor, Santa Tecla, El Salvador
  • Sukumar Ganapati, assistant professor, Department of Public Administration, FIU

For a complete list of panels and participants please click here

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 6:45 p.m at  the Biltmore Hotel,  1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please call 305-348-2894.