In the Press

Below is some notable press on the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, its city participants, and its faculty.

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bacow stresses educational, civic partnerships — The Harvard Gazette

By Liz Mineo

“Harvard President Larry Bacow stressed the importance of research partnerships between universities and municipalities during a roundtable discussion last week with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego ’04 and other city officials. Such partnerships, he said, can help to solve real-world problems.

Harvard’s relationship with Phoenix, the country’s fifth-largest city, began in 2017, when city officials were part of the inaugural cohort of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative…In Phoenix, whose weather includes some of the nation’s hottest temperatures, the partnership’s efforts included finding ways to help mitigate the effects of the oppressive heat.”


A summer of service to cities — The Harvard Gazette

By Christine Pazzanese

“Consumed with their daily responsibilities, mayors and other top city officials have neither time nor teaching to evolve from managers into civic trailblazers. To change that, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is working to boost the effectiveness of today’s local leaders while also building a pipeline to train the next generation.

To further that goal, 16 Harvard students embedded themselves for 10 weeks this summer in mayors’ offices around the country in a new fellows program targeting persistent local problems.”

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Executive training's big payoff for city leaders - governing

By Dayna Bennett and Jane Slusser

"According to McKinsey & Co., American companies spend more than $14 billion annually on courses broadly described as "leadership training" to ensure that C-suite executives continuously get better at their jobs. But for any number of reasons, those in the public sector tend to depend on the experience they bring to — and then learn on — the job."


mayoral initiative heads for year two - the harvard gazette

"Reflecting on his experience with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative over the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer thought first of the collective learning for his organization.

'It’s been the most valuable kind of training, lifelong learning experiences, that I’ve had and my administration has had together,' said Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, Ky., and a first-year participant in the initiative."


Needed: First-class training for mayors - new york daily news

By James Anderson

"Today’s mayors have to know how to build top-notch teams — hiring for talent and giving those talented teams the room to take risks and, at times, fail. They’ve got to appreciate that formal powers only get them so far, and that getting big things done often means using soft power and the bully pulpit to capture hearts and minds and build coalitions beyond city hall.

And, increasingly, they have to understand the power of data and know how to drive change, lest their city — and the people they serve — get left behind. It’s a tall order."

Credit: The Evening Standard

Credit: The Evening Standard

My Global lesson in how mayors can change the world for cities - the evening standard

By Steve Rotheram

"After seven years in the House of Commons representing Liverpool Walton, I witnessed first-hand the glacial process of our parliamentary system. But as Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, I have realized things can be done differently. And the few days I just spent in a New York classroom surrounded by 40 mayors from across the world was proof that progress is not just possible, but happening in cities around the globe."


Forty mayors go back to school - the economist

“Government does not need to be run like a business, but the curriculum developers thought that mayors could benefit from expertise supplied by academics and by actual managers. Running a city is harder than running a company, says Mr. Bloomberg: the media spotlight is glaring, pressure from unionized work forces can make it hard to cut even bad programs and regulation can throttle innovation."

Credit: Stuart Bradford

Credit: Stuart Bradford

Helping mayors do their job - the boston globe

By Michael Bloomberg and Drew Faust

"Issues that people care deeply about — their safety, their job prospects, their health, their schools, and their pocketbooks — are often shaped largely by local policies. As more and more people around the world live in cities — nearly two in three Americans already do — how well cities are run will affect the future of the planet in profound ways."