Sandrine Salerno

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Sandrine Salerno
Sandrine Salerno (cropped).jpg
Mayor of Geneva
In office
1 June 2010 – 31 May 2011
Preceded byRémy Pagani
Succeeded byPierre Maudet
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2014
Preceded byRémy Pagani
Succeeded bySami Kanaan
Personal details
Born1971 (age 46–47)
Geneva, Switzerland
Nationalityfrance, italy , swiss,
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materUniversity of Geneva

Sandrine Salerno (born in 1971 in Geneva) is a Swiss politician and a member of the Socialist Party. She was the Mayor of the city of Geneva from 2010-11 and 2013-14.[1]


Ms Salerno's mother was French and her father was Italian. She holds more than one passport.[2] She has two children. She holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor's degree in Political Science, both from the University of Geneva. She was elected to Geneva's town council in 1999 and became a member of the executive in 2007. Between 1995 and 1997, she was Deputy Chief of the European Third World Centre (CETIM) in the human rights programme. She was Co-ordinator in the Swiss Immigrants' Contact Centre from 1997 to 2001, a researcher at Geneva University from 2001 to 2006, and Deputy Head of the University Affairs unit in the Canton of Geneva's Department of Education.[3]


Ms Salerno is the fourth woman to hold office as Mayor of Geneva.[4] Her appointment as mayor is for a fixed term.[2] She has revamped the regulations concerning rents and property management in the city[5] and introduced new working conditions for city staff.[6]

Salerno has been a longtime campaigner for maternity rights. In accordance with a legal decision on gender equality in June 2007 which resulted in an award of 120,000 Swiss francs to the City Council "for the promotion of equality", Salerno announced in February 2008 that she would be taking maternity leave from her then post in the Geneva Department of Finance and Housing in order to bear her second child. Pierre Maudet covered for her during her confinement.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ (in French) Official site of the Mayor of Geneva, retrieved 28 October 2010
  2. ^ a b Welcome speech to new residents[permanent dead link], Canton of Geneva, retrieved 28 October 2010
  3. ^ OECD Urban Round Table of Ministers and Mayors of 25 May 2010, Cities and Green Growth, retrieved 28 October 2010
  4. ^ (in French) Mayors of the City of Geneva since 1842, Archives of the City of Geneva, retrieved 28 October 2010
  5. ^ (in French) Tribune de Genève, 19 February 2009, retrieved 28 October 2010
  6. ^ (in French) Tribune de Genève, 30 June 2010, retrieved 28 October 2010
  7. ^ (in French) Les Quotidiennes Archived 2009-06-29 at, 25 February 2008, retrieved 28 October 2010