Mayor Rod believes in serving beyond a professional setting. He feels blessed to have had opportunities to invest himself in other significant causes.
Government: He was elected to the Elkhart City Council for the first time in 2000 where he fulfilled 16 years as a Councilperson At-Large. Leadership roles on Council included finance chair, parliamentarian, vice president, and two years as Council president in his third term. He was a trailblazer, leading the way as the first African American and longest serving Democrat in an at-large city council seat. He led all Democratic council candidates in votes in all his elections.
Visionary volunteerism: Mayor Rod has shared his leadership skills as a volunteer and community visionary in other ways, too. He was instrumental in the start up of Letting Education Advance People (LEAP) and Back-2-School Elkhart (B2SE). Both organizations were designed to empower Elkhart’s students. LEAP assisted over 1,200 high school students in completing their graduation requirements. B2SE helped over 25,000 students get ready to begin their new school year.
He has served on numerous boards, including Heart City Health Center, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart General Hospital, United Way, and the YMCA, often in leadership roles. He was instrumental in directing Heart City to open a new facility that serves Elkhart’s southside residents and has always been active with neighborhood development and citizens’ issues.
Ensuring that everyone has a voice in this community will continue to be Mayor Rod’s priority as mayor. He has had many opportunities to witness what he describes as a “raw vulnerability” in people. His sensitivity to that contributes to the deep value he places on service to his community.
Now Mayor Rod seeks to earn the support of his community, and continuing as mayor, he can work with the people of Elkhart to improve the quality of life and the city’s overall livability. As you can see, his life displays the level of dedication and integrity necessary to govern efficiently and effectively for all.
Will you join in this transformational campaign? With you and all the people of this city by his side, Mayor Rod Roberson looks forward to continuing to lead Elkhart moving forward.