Join the World Affairs Council of Austin together with the City of Austin and the City of Koblenz, Austin-Koblenz Sister Cities Committee, and the Partnerschaft Koblenz-Austin, for the First (virtual) Town Hall between Austin and Koblenz. This is a project of the American Council on Germany (ACG) Transatlantic Town Halls: German-American Mayors Forum held under the auspices of WunderbarTogether USA 2020, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe-Institut.
David Langner, born and raised in Koblenz, was elected as Lord Mayor of Koblenz in 2018 to an eight-year term. Prior to his election as mayor and beginning in 2013, Mr. Langner served as the State Secretary in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Demography for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as vice president at a state agency working on planning, nature conservation, and construction supervision. Prior to that, Mr. Langner served as a representative in the state parliament for five years, and as environmental policy spokesman, he focused on renewable energy, nature conservation, consumer protection and forestry. Mr. Langner studied political science and literature at universities in Oldenburg, Marburg and Mainz and completed his master’s degree in 2003. Prior to attending university, he completed his civil service volunteering at a home for the blind which had a deep impact on his life.