The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative has announced a second cohort of forty mayors from around the globe.
A partnership between Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies housed within the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, the professional development program brings mayors and senior municipal officials together with Harvard faculty, staff, and students for classroom, online, and field-based learning opportunities focused on the capabilities they need to drive innovation and deliver results for urban residents. The new class of mayors includes eleven women, half of whom are their cities' first female mayors; six millennials; and eighteen who are in their first year of office. Of the twenty-nine U.S. mayors, ten are African American, three of whom are their cities' first African-American mayor.
Participants include Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, Georgia), Randall Woodfin (Birmingham, Alabama), Naheed Nenshi (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Vi Lyles (Charlotte, North Carolina), Marian Orr (Cheyenne, Wyoming), Andrew Ginther (Columbus, Ohio), Steve Schewel (Durham, North Carolina), Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Freetown, Sierra Leone), Jan Vapaavuori (Helsinki, Finland), Chokwe Antar Lumumba (Jackson, Mississippi), Francis Xavier Suarez (Miami, Florida), Toni Harp (New Haven, Connecticut), Andre Sayegh (Paterson, New Jersey), Mauricio Rodas (Quito, Ecuador), Dagur Eggertsson (Reykjavik, Iceland), Levar Stoney (Richmond, Virginia), Ron Nirenberg (San Antonio, Texas), Bruno Covas (São Paulo, Brazil), Charlie Clark (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), Jenny Anne Durkan (Seattle, Washington), Paul TenHaken (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Lyda Krewson (St. Louis, Missouri), Michael Tubbs (Stockton, California), Michelle De La Isla (Topeka, Kansas), Emil Dardak (Trenggalek, Indonesia), and G.T. Bynum (Tulsa, Oklahoma).
"As Washington has grown more dysfunctional and dishonest, American cities have grown more dynamic and effective, and more critical to our nation's success," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and a former three-term mayor of New York City. "Around the world, cities are growing in size and importance, and mayors are leading the charge in addressing the most pressing issues we face, from creating jobs to fighting climate change. This program is aimed at helping them succeed. Last year's inaugural program yielded some great results, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes out of this year's group."
For a complete list of participating mayors, see the Bloomberg Philanthropies website.