Education to impact.
hear from city leaders
The classroom experience in mayors' own words
After the start of the inaugural program, several participating mayors shared their thoughts on the in-person classes, saying they were able to learn "just from being around other mayors" and noting that this program is the first of its kind.
2019 summer fellowships
Beginning in June 2019, Harvard graduate students will complete a 10-week summer fellowship in domestic and international city governments on an issue of salience to the mayor’s agenda. A list of cities and their project descriptions is available here.
Change at the Speed of Trust: Advancing Educational Opportunity through Cross-Sector Collaboration in Louisville
The Initiative’s newest case, “Change at the Speed of Trust,” explores cross-sector collaboration and governance in a city-wide context from the point of view of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. It supports learning about the design and management of cross-sector collaborations, including common challenges and success factors. The case is freely available to download and use, and is accompanied by a “conversation note” so anyone can use the material to guide a productive discussion around ideas and themes raised in the case.
In the press
A summer of service to cities
Sixteen Harvard students embedded themselves for 10 weeks this summer in mayors’ offices around the country, targeting persistent local problems. These efforts ranged from understanding poverty in Laredo, Texas, to confronting an affordable housing shortage in Charleston, S.C., to improving Kindergarten readiness among low-income children in Baton Rouge, La.
Studying the art and science
of city leadership.
The Initiative's deep bench of faculty hail from varying disciplines within business and public policy. They're here to provide high-level executive education, to help mayors help cities.