Rawlings-Blake argues her new position will enhance, not detract from, her work as mayor.
“When I became mayor, nobody was checking for Baltimore as far as national profile for leadership,” Rawlings-Blake said. “When you’re president, you have the opportunity to advocate on a national level. I can’t think of a more important time to have that visibility when we have so many significant needs in our city.”
She said she looks forward to bringing mayors from around the county to Baltimore in September for a conference the organization is planning.
“It’s important that we put the urban agenda on the map,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We have issues that need to be at the forefront, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican. More than 80 percent of the country lives in metro areas.”