Building on the success of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative — a collaboration launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School — the foundation will endow the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University to strengthen the capabilities of mayors and their teams, advance effective organizational practices in city halls around the world, support a new generation of public servants, and produce new research and instructional materials. The funding will be used to expand the initiative by developing a program and resources tailored to newly elected mayors, custom programming for additional city hall leaders, and research on city governance; create postgraduate City Hall Fellowships; and endow ten faculty positions named for Bloomberg Philanthropies founder Michael R. Bloomberg's daughter Emma Bloomberg, a graduate of both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
"This is a major new investment in the people who have enormous and unique powers to attack society's biggest challenges: mayors," said Bloomberg, a former three-term mayor of New York City. "The pandemic has driven home just how important mayors are to the everyday lives of billions of people. They are the most creative and effective problem-solvers in government — and that's exactly the kind of leadership that the world urgently needs more. Building on our partnership with Harvard, this new investment will help more city leaders learn from one another and get even more big things done locally."