Mayor Eric Garcetti is the current Chair of C40 Cities. The announcement came on the first day of the C40 World Mayors Summit, where C40 mayors formally declared a Global Climate Emergency and announced their support for a Global Green New Deal.
“When it comes to climate action, no one is doing more than cities, but no one is doing enough,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are entering a make-or-break decade for the preservation of our planet and environmental justice for every community — and I am proud to chair C40 cities at this critical moment. Together we will continue leading the drive to protect the world and promote a better, more equitable life for everyone living in it.”
Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. The son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe, Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people. The Mayor’s government service began on the L.A. City Council, where he spent four terms as Council President before being elected Mayor in 2013 and winning re-election in 2017 by the widest margin in the history of Los Angeles. Beyond his time at City Hall, Mayor Garcetti has served his country as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College. The Mayor received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and later at the London School of Economics. He is also a jazz pianist and photographer. He and his wife, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, are the proud parents of a daughter, Maya, and have been foster parents for more than a decade.
The Chair is the elected leader of the organisation. A strong advocate for the role of cities in addressing climate change, the Chair brings both expertise and resources to bear on the work of the C40 organisation, strengthening the network of cities in pursuit of its common goals. The Chairmanship is a rotating position, which has been held to date by the following C40 City Mayors:
Former C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the C40 Board of Directors.