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Mike  Rawlings

Mayor

City of Dallas

Since taking office in June 2011, Mayor Mike Rawlings has introduced a comprehensive development plan for southern Dallas called GrowSouth, taken a hands-on approach to improving education and launched an anti-domestic violence initiative called Dallas Men Against Abuse.

He also has created new strategies for growing the arts and put Dallas in the spotlight nationally and internationally by taking a leading role with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and New Cities Summit.

In addition to his duties as mayor, Mr. Rawlings serves on the Board of Trustees of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and as vice chair at CIC Partners, where he provides business counsel and capital to help grow small and mid-sized businesses in Dallas and across the country.

Prior to his time in elected office, Mr. Rawlings served as CEO of TracyLocke and Pizza Hut, president of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, homeless czar for the City of Dallas and chair of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Rawlings received a bachelor's degree from Boston College in philosophy and communications, Magna Cum Laude. He has two grown children, Michelle and Gunnar, and resides in North Dallas with his wife, Micki.