The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School, has announced its third cohort of forty-one mayors from around the globe.
Led by experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies' global network and Harvard faculty, staff, and students, the initiative provides mayors and senior government officials with classroom, online, and field-based learning opportunities focused on equipping them with the tools and expertise they need to lead their cities. According to Bloomberg Philanthropies, while the private sector invests more than $42 billion each year in executive development, there is no equivalent in the public sector. The initiative aims to close that gap.
This year, eighteen members of the class are women, sixteen are in their first year of office, twenty have experience in the private sector, and, of the U.S. mayors, twelve are African American or Hispanic. Participants include Mohammed Adjei Sowah (Accra, Ghana), Sandy Verschoor (Adelaide, Australia), Kelly Girtz (Athens, Georgia), Hardie Davis (Augusta, Georgia), Richard Irvin (Aurora, Illinois), Steve Adler (Austin, Texas), Matúš Vallo (Bratislava, Slovakia), Byron Brown (Buffalo, New York), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago, Illinois), Mary Salas (Chula Vista, California), Scott Brook (Coral Springs, Florida), Eric Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Nan Whaley (Dayton, Ohio), Jenn Daniels (Gilbert, Arizona), Eckart Würzner (Heidelberg, Germany), Steve Williams (Huntington, West Virginia), Danene Sorace (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Leirion Gaylor Baird (Lincoln, Nebraska), Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison, Wisconsin), Jacob Frey (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga, Ontario), Yxstian Gutierrez (Moreno Valley, California), LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans, Louisiana), Ras Baraka (Newark, New Jersey), Nuatali Nelmes (Newcastle, Australia), David Holt (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Kate Gallego (Phoenix, Arizona), Nicholas Gradisar (Pueblo, Colorado), Claudio Castro (Renca, Chile), Hillary Schieve (Reno, Nevada), Kim Norton (Rochester, Minnesota), Lovely Warren (Rochester, New York), London Breed (San Francisco, California), Miguel Trevino (San Pedro, Mexico), Adrian Perkins (Shreveport, Louisiana), Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg, Florida), Anna König Jerlmyr (Stockholm, Sweden), Jane Castor (Tampa, Florida), Reed Gusciora (Trenton, New Jersey), Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw, Poland), and Brian Bowman (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
"Cities are leading the way on most of the big issues we face, from fighting climate change, to protecting public health, to creating new jobs and giving people new skills," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and a former three-term mayor of New York City. "The more we do to support mayors, the faster progress can happen — and that’s what this program is all about. This year’s group brings a wide range of perspectives on shared challenges, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results."