Steve Benjamin has served as Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina since 2010. In addition, Mayor Benjamin also serves as Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Chairman for Municipal Bonds for America. He teaches a class at the University of South Carolina Honors College titled “Columbia, South Carolina: Building a Great City” and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.
In his role, Mayor Benjamin has transformed Columbia’s approach to sustainability and environmental stewardship from investing more than half a billion dollars in water and sewer improvements and ending the Water/Sewer Transfer to leading the charge on clean energy. Today, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 Thousand-Year Flood, he believes this effort is more important than ever. He has committed to making investments in the water/sewer infrastructure as well as to leveraging new green technologies and innovations as demonstrated by a new LEED-certified Utilities and Engineering Building on Columbia's Beltline Boulevard.