The Initiative



Eva Flavia Martinez Orbegozo - research fellow

Eva Flavia is a Research Fellow for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, working closely with Jorrit de Jong and faculty from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School on cross-boundary collaboration. In particular, Eva Flavia is designing an ambitious mixed-method research approach (including surveys, case studies, and interviews) that will examine how 29 teams from 20 different cities—including some international—work within their local group to achieve their goals. Outputs from the project will include journal articles, practitioner articles, teaching material, and frameworks that help translate new knowledge into actionable content.

Eva Flavia has been an architect and an educator in her native city of Madrid, Spain. She holds B.A.s and M.A.s in both Architecture and English Philology, as well as an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management, and an M.Ed in Specialized Studies—both from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Adam Hawksbee - Research Fellow

Adam recently graduated from the Master of Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was studying on a Kennedy Fellowship. He focused on social and urban policy, and completed a master’s thesis on inclusive growth in the West Midlands region of the UK. At the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Adam is leading research on the role of mayors and their senior leaders in building stronger and fairer cities through equitable economic development.

Prior to HKS he was Chief of Staff at the UK Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, where he coordinated investigations into failure in the NHS and wider public services, and was also a senior program director at the educational charity Debate Mate. Adam has also spent time working in Westminster, as a Parliamentary advisor and think-tank researcher, and is a European Universities Debating Champion and two-time World Masters Debating Champion.


jennifer musisi - city leader in residence

Jennifer is the first City Leader in Residence with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, where she plays a key role in advising on the design of Bloomberg Harvard programming, with a particular emphasis on programming for cities outside of the United States. She also serves as a resource for faculty, students, staff, and participating mayors and other city leaders, sharing insight and information on innovations, solutions, and approaches to common problems across cities.

Jennifer has three decades of experience in turning around government institutions and systems in challenging settings. Most recently, she was appointed by the president of Uganda to serve as the first executive director of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda (a role comparable to mayor, chief executive or city manager). In this capacity, she earned a global reputation for strong urban governance, organizational leadership, innovation, and building service delivery systems in institutions grappling with crippling corruption, limited financing and systemic dysfunction. She also entered partnerships and mobilized significant funding to advance the city. Jennifer previously served as commissioner of legal services and board affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority and as legal adviser to Makerere University.

She started her career as a state attorney in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Uganda. She also worked as Uganda’s ambassador for UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, focusing on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. She has been a speaker, trainer, and mentor on leadership, institutional reformation, transformational urban development, corruption, youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, innovative and appropriate solutions, and climate change. She has won numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her accomplishments.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Master of Public Administration & Management from Makerere University in Kampala, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, also in Kampala. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from United Graduate College and Seminary International.


Elizabeth Patton - Research Fellow

Elizabeth recently graduated from the Master of Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on social and urban policy, education policy, and negotiation. She designed and authored innovative, multi-party negotiation simulations for the HKS Center for Public Leadership’s Civil Disagreement Project, Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, and Kennedy School Negotiation Project under guidance from Professor Brian Mandell. At the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Elizabeth serves as Project Manager for the Bloomberg Harvard Negotiation Fellowship, where she manages the design and development of city-focused negotiation curriculum materials, including teaching cases, role-play simulations, and other practitioner-oriented materials.

Prior to HKS, Elizabeth was an educator and school administrator in a Boston high school, where she supervised a program to train and develop recent college graduates teaching small-group literacy and numeracy classes. In this role, she served as a member of the school’s leadership team and contributed to the creation and implementation of school-wide policies, including school culture and discipline policies.


santiago pulido-gomez - research fellow

Santiago is a Research Fellow for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, working closely with Jorrit de Jong and faculty from Harvard Business School on cross-sector collaboration. Santiago’s research is examining the barriers, enablers, and governance structures that typically occur in cross-sector collaborations involving city government. Outputs from the project will include journal articles, practitioner articles, teaching material, and frameworks that help translate new knowledge into actionable content.

Santiago served as Macroeconomic Policy Advisor in his native city of Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics, as well as a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Katharine Robb - Post-Doc Fellow

Katharine (Kate) works on applied research and innovative approaches to solve urban environmental health challenges. She completed her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2019. Her dissertation focused on her work with the Innovation Field Lab Massachusetts program. Through problem-oriented design and experimentation, she developed and implemented a novel social-service referral program within the City of Chelsea’s Inspectional Services Department. The program leverages the unique role of housing inspectors to link at-risk residents with services to prevent problem properties and social/health crises. She also created an approach to using city data to predict housing code violations with public health consequences. She is continuing this work through her postdoctoral fellowship.

Before returning to school to complete her doctorate, Kate was the Associate Director of Research Projects at the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) at Emory University. There, she led multi-country research projects on sanitation-related exposures in urban slums and WASH conditions in healthcare facilities in low-resources settings. Kate has also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE International, and AmeriCorps.

Kate grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Public Health at Emory University. Outside of work, she loves travel, running, and weekend adventures.


Judith Tumusiime - Fellow

Judith advises the Initiative on curriculum material development and offers specific insights relevant to developing world cities and senior leadership perspectives. She also manages the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services Program and Emergency Solutions Grants for the city of Somerville. She is on the teaching team of Harvard’s Ash Center Innovation Field Lab (IFL), was an IFL fellow for the city of Salem, and an IFL coach and coordinator for the town of Winthrop.

Prior to that, Judith was on the Board of Directors and the Chair Audit Committee of the Uganda National Water and Sewage Corporation. She was appointed the first Deputy Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda. She worked with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International and was responsible for the environment and social safeguard component of the U.S. Government Presidential Malaria Initiative - Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) projects in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia.

Judith has been recognized for her strategic leadership and innovation skills that translate into turning around organizations to top-level performance. She was recognized by the World Bank Group for improving doing business in Kampala through enhanced quality and efficiency of services. She has a number of publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Judith has a PhD from Wageningen University, a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Business Administration from University of Warwick, a Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Makerere University.