David N. Dinkins began serving his sixth consecutive two-year term as a Director at Large in January 2009, making him the longest-serving member on the current Board of Directors. Dinkins, the former mayor of New York City, is also a member of the Board of Directors for USTA Serves.
Previously, Dinkins has served as Ambassador at Large, and as Board Liaison to the Operations Council, the Community Player Division, the Public Affairs Committee, the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the American Tennis Association (ATA). He was a past member of the Budget Committee and the Honorary Spokesman for Youth.
Dinkins currently serves on the boards of PTR, the New York Junior Tennis League and NYJTL Youth Centers, Inc. He is a lifetime member of the USTA, its Eastern Section and the ATA. He serves on the New York City Sports Commission and the Board of Advisors of the Althea Gibson Foundation, the Georgia Tennis Foundation and PowerPlay NYC.
Outside tennis, Dinkins serves on the boards of the New York City Global Partners, the Children’s Health Fund, the Association to Benefit Children and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He is also on the Advisory Board of Independent News & Media and the Black Leadership Forum, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
Dinkins served in the New York State Assembly and as the New York City Board of Elections President, City Clerk and Manhattan Borough President before his 1989 election as the 106th Mayor of the City of New York. He is currently a professor in the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University, and the David N. Dinkins Professorship of Urban & Public Affairs has been established in his honor at the university.
Dinkins received a B.S. in Mathematics from Howard University and an L.L.B. from Brooklyn Law School. He serves on the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Advisory Boards of Centers for Public Policy Studies at Howard University, the City College of New York, the College of Charleston (S.C.), the New School University (New York City) and the Taubman Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In 2008, the base of the pasarelle outside the East Gate of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was renamed the “David Dinkins Circle” in a special ceremony held during the US Open.
Dinkins and his wife, Joyce, live in New York City. They have two children and two grandchildren.