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CNN Features Mayor Warren Among 13 African American Females Serving as Mayor of the Largest US Cities


CNN Report Lists Mayor Warren Among 13 African-American Female Mayors of the Largest Cities Across the Nation

Source: Population estimates from the 2017 US Census Graphic: Will Houp, CNN

April 3, 2019, Fontana, Calif.– Mayor Acquanetta Warren is featured in CNN’s online report titled, “Black women govern only 4% of the biggest US cities. But their numbers are growing.” The report focuses on the increasing number of African-American female mayors governing some of the largest cities across the nation. View the report.

According to the CNN report, there are currently 13 African-American females serving as mayors out of the 307 US cities with a population of at least 100,000. The article also notes that in the last two years black female mayors have been elected in such major areas as Atlanta, Charlotte, New Orleans, San Francisco and most recently Chicago. While the report acknowledges that their number is still low at 4%, it has increased in recent years.

Acquanetta Warren was elected as the City of Fontana’s first female and African-American Mayor in December 2010 and re-elected in 2018. Since taking office, Mayor Warren has and continues to be a strong advocate for economic development, jobs, affordable housing, public safety, a healthier community and fiscal integrity. Under the Mayor’s stewardship, the City of Fontana was named the fourth Most Prosperous City in the U.S. (with a population over 100,000), as well as the Most Prosperous City in California from RentCafé. This acknowledgment followed the 2017 Fiscal Times’ rating of Fontana as one of the financially strongest cities in the nation.

“As the first female and African-American Mayor in Fontana, I stand for inclusion for all those who call Fontana home,” states Mayor Warren. “My priority is increasing the quality of life in this great city by creating jobs, educational opportunities, and a wealth of community activities.”

The 13 mayors included in this report are:


  • Acquanetta Warren, Fontana
  • London N. Breed, San Francisco
  • Deborah Robertson, Rialto


  • Toni N. Harp, New Haven


  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta


  • Lori Lightfoot, Chicago


  • LaToya Cantrel, New Orleans
  • Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge


  • Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, Maryland

New York

  • Lovely A. Warren of Rochester, New York

North Carolina

  • Vi Alexander Lyles of Charlotte, North Carolina


  • Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington

Washington DC

  • Muriel Bowser

Read the CNN report here. 


City of Fontana Media Contact:

Martha Guzman-Hurtado

Communications and Marketing Manager

(909) 350-6520

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