Bloomberg Philanthropies & Harvard Create New Bloomberg Center for Cities to Support Mayors

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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Class of 2021-22

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Reckoning with History: Confederate Monuments in American Cities

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Building Cities’ Collaborative Muscle

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Advancing
City Leadership

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative equips mayors and senior city officials with leadership skills and management tools to tackle their cities’ complex challenges and improve people’s quality of life.

By engaging Harvard graduate students in research and field work, the Initiative supports current city leaders while investing in future generations. The Initiative also advances the field of city leadership through teaching, research, and new curricular materials that help city leaders drive government performance and address pressing social problems.

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Strengthening Cities and Their Leaders

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the flagship program from the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, offers a robust leadership development experience for mayors and senior members of their teams to foster their professional growth, and to advance key practices and capabilities in city halls throughout the world.

“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.”
Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies; three-term mayor of New York City
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Developing Future Generations of City Leaders

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative inspires and invests in future generations of city leaders.

Since the Initiative’s founding, more than 200 students have engaged in fellowships in city halls, research opportunities with the Initiative, and experiential learning opportunities through field coursework and thesis work for city government clients.

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