Des Moines, Iowa Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie was elected to a council seat in January 2002, then elected to the mayor’s seat in January 2004 and re-elected in January 2008. Mayor Cownie has spent much of his time in leadership roles on the national and international stage representing issues that he is most passionate about: local control, green initiatives, jobs, and the economy. Most recently, Mayor Cownie was selected to serve on President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In September 2013, he attended the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change in Nantes, France,where he contributed as a local government panelist and shortly after participated in the UN Warsaw Climate Conference in Warsaw, Poland. He works extensively with the US Conference of Mayors, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Global Executive Committee, Mayors Innovation Project, and others.