The Board is the executive body of the Association, which directs his current activity and represents the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area. It is elected via a democratic vote by the General Assembly and its term in office is the same as the term in office of the local governments it represents.
According to the Statutes of the Association Board it should consist of not more than fifteen members and not less than nine including the President, Vice President and Treasurer. The board is currently made up of:
Paweł Adamowicz, President of the Board, President of Gdansk
Born on 2nd November 1965. Gdańsk politician and governor. In 1988, led the student strike at the University of Gdańsk (UG). Between 1989 and 1998, worked as a lecturer in the UG Law and Administration Department. In 1990, at the age of 25, he became student Vice Rector, fulfilling this role until 1993.
In 1990-1991 he was also the founder and first Chairman of the Gdańsk Regional Municipal Court of Appeal. Gdańsk City Councillor between 1990 and 2002; in his 1994-1998 cadency he sat as Chairman of the council, before being elected in 1998 to serve as the President of Gdańsk. He was re-elected as President in subsequent elections in 2002, 2008 and 2012.
In 2007 and again in 2011, he was chosen to represent the 12 largest cities in Poland as President of the Board of the Polish Metropolitan Union. He has also been a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences' Urban and Metropolitan Spatial Development Committee and, since 2011, the Regions Committee. He is currently a member of the national government with Platform Obywatelska.
He has been awarded, among other distinctions, the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Gold Cross (2001), the Silver Cross of Merit (2003), the Polonia Restituta Order of Polish Revival (2010), St. Wojciech's Medal for services to Gdańsk (2010) and the Franciszka Cegielska Rose for services to the Polish government (2010).
Wojciech Szczurek, Vice-President of the Board, Mayor of Gdynia
Born on 1 December 1963. A Doctor of Law, graduate of the University of Gdańsk, judge by profession. From 1989 to 1994, he was the Head of the Civil Department of the District Court in Gdynia.
The Mayor of Gdynia since 1998.
He was among the founders of the Civic Committee in Gdynia. In 1990, he started his local government activities in the Gdynia City Council. Over the period 1991–1998, he was the Chairman of the City Council and at the same time he represented Gdynia in the Gdańsk Voivodeship Local Government Assembly. Since 2003, Wojciech Szczurek has been the President of the Amber Road Cities Association – an organisation whose activities helped the construction of the A1 motorway to take off.
He holds many awards and distinctions including: Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta – for outstanding contribution to local government development and for achievements in professional and social work for the benefit of the country, Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, gold (2001), Franciszka Cegielska Rose awarded to the most eminent figures in Polish local government (2010), Andrzej Bączkowski award for being a role model of a local government official, European of the Year 2010 and a golden statue in “Administrator of a Commune, City, and Region” category. Grzegorz Palka award for “developing the prestige of the Polish local government by model solutions implemented by the community of Gdynia”
Jacek Karnowski, Vice-President of the Board, President of Sopot
Born on 16th August 1963. PhD in Economics from the University of Gdańsk. Graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and completed post-graduate studies in Local Government Law at UG, as well as Management Studies at UG and Central Connecticut State University. In 1990, he became a councillor and Vice President of Sopot and since 1998 he has been the President of Sopot .
Since 2007, he has served as Vice President of the Association of Polish Cities, as a delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities on the Council of Europe, and also as Co-Chairman on the Constitutional Commision of Joint and Local Government.
He has been awarded the Papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the Badge of Merit in Culture and the Medal Pro Memoria.
Hanna Brejwo , Treasurer, Mayor of the Pszczółki Municipality
Born on 14th March 1959. She graduated in Management from the Maritime Academy and has completed a number of post-graduate studies. In 2000, she was chosen to be Mayor of Pszczółki by councillors and has been elected to successive terms in direct elections. Currently a board member of the Association of Pomeranian Municipalities and previously served as a member of the RP EUROREGION BALTIC Association of Municipalities for 8 years.
She has been awarded, among other distinctions, the Silver Cross of Merit, the Gold Medal of Merit for Fire Fighting, the Bronze Medal of Merit for the Police, the National Education Commission Medal, the Gold Medal of Honour for outstanding contribution to the Polish Union of Pensioners and Disabled People, and the Dr. John Dzierżona Medal for special merits in the development of beekeeping.
Jaroslaw Białk, Head of the District of Puck
Born on 21st August 1967. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology and History at the University of Gdańsk and completed post-graduate studies at the UG Faculty of Management. He has been associated with local government since 1998, when he became a Municipal Councillor for Krokowa, and between 2002 and 2006 sat as Chairman of the Krokowa Municipal Council. He has also been an employee of the district office in Puck since 1998 and currently serves as Deputy Mayor of Krokowa. He is a member of the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association.
Mirosław Jan Czapla, Head of the District of Malbork
Born on 24th June 1955. Graduated in Environmental Engineering from the Higher School of Engineering in Koszalin and, in 2005, completed a Master's degree in Economics at the School of Real Estate Management in Warsaw. He has been recognised by the President for his services to the local community and has served as Malbork District Administrator since 2006.
Edmund Głombiewski, Head of the District of Lębork
Born on 20th August 1956 in Wejherowo. Graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk, and completed managerial post-graduate studies at the UG Faculty of Management.
In 1989-1990, he worked on the 'Solidarity' Citizens' Committee in Lębork, before being elected as a Lębork City Councillor (serving until 1994) during the first democratic local elections. During this time he sat as Chairman of the Social Committee for Gas and Telephone Installation in the Beniowskiego area of Lębork, and also became President of the Christian National Union in Lębork (a position which he held for 10 years until 2003).
Between March 1999 and October 2001 he acted as Deputy Governor of Pomerania and, in 2006, he became a member of the Lębork District branch of PiS. He was elected as a Lębork District Councillor for consecutive terms (2006-2010, 2010-2014) and was a Co-Founder and President of the St. Francis of Assisi Association of Palliative Care Home Hospice in Lębork, before being voted in as Mayor of Lębork in the last elections.
Krzysztof Hildebrandt, President of Wejherowo
Gabriel Lisius, Head of the District of Wejherowo
Born on 18th February 1961. Graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a PhD in Economics.
She has been linked with local government in Wejherowo since the first democratic elections in 1998, becoming a Full-time Board Member in 2000 and taking responsibility for the reform of education in secondary schools. From 2002-06 she served as Vice Administrator, responsible for matters of education, health, social welfare and culture. In 2010, she returned to her role as a Full-time Board Member, this time supervising the property management, building and construction, environmental protection and geodesy departments. She currently serves as Wejherowo District Administrator.
She has been an active social and voluntary worker for years, being a member of the Polish Red Cross since 2001 (President of the Wejherowo branch since 2007) and a member of the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association since 2002. For services to the local community she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit.
Among other achievements, she initiated a system of vocational guidance via a series of local career centres in secondary schools, helped to establish the first university in Wejherowie (Kashubian-Pomeranian College) and, as a craft worker, has been awarded a Silver Craft Badge by the Pomeranian Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises in Gdańsk.
Bogdan Łapa, Deputy Head of the District of Kartuzy
Born on 29th May 1957. A graduate of the Agricultural University of Poznań, in 1990 he was elected as Mayor of Żukowo Town and Municipality (a position he held for three terms). Since 1998 he has been a Kartuzy District Councillor, serving as Vice President between 1998 and 2002, and on 27th November 2010 he became the Vice Administrator for Kartuzy. In 2001, for his services to the local community, the President of the Polish Republic awarded him the Gold Cross of Merit.
Jacek Michalski, Mayor of Nowy Dwor Gdansk
Born on 22nd December 1961. Obtained his Masters degree in Agricultural Engineering. For over twenty years he worked as a teacher in Secondary School No. 2 in Nowy Dwór Gdański, and in recent years he worked as the director of this institution. In 2010, he was elected to the position of Mayor of Nowy Dwór Gdański.
Miroslaw Pobłocki, Mayor of Tczew
Graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Gdańsk Politechnic and from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdańsk, focusing his thesis on the development of Tczew and the systematic improvement of daily life for its residents.
He has been working in administration since his first term as a Tczew Town Councillor (1990-1994), becoming a Tczew District Councillor and Board Member for the 1998-2002 term. In 2002, he started an 8-year stint as Vice President of Tczew and, in 2010, he was elected as President. In these local elections, he stood as an independent and non-partisan candidate on the "Agreement on Plus" local committee list.