Bloomberg Center for Cities welcomes 25 newly elected mayors to Harvard

December 1, 2022
New mayors full group portrain

Bloomberg Center for Cities welcomes 25 newly elected mayors to Harvard

December 1, 2022
New mayors full group portrain

Bloomberg Center for Cities welcomes 25 newly elected mayors to Harvard

December 1, 2022

Twenty-five newly elected US mayors convene at Harvard to start strong in office

December 1, 2022, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Twenty-five mayors have been selected to participate in the Program for New Mayors: the First 100 Days, offered by the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University together with Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and the US Conference of Mayors. This new program builds on a longstanding seminar for new mayors that originated at the IOP in 1975.

The mayors will attend in-person and virtual classes taught by Harvard University faculty. Professors from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Medical School/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will lead in-depth classroom discussions. Coursework is designed to help new city leaders make the most of their new roles, gaining strategic insights for leading cities and building out their city hall team and organization in the first days and months of their administrations.

Based on teaching cases developed at Harvard, sessions will focus on research-backed management and leadership practices. Faculty will present case studies designed to simulate a range of challenges and scenarios that mayors will face as they assume office and build successful teams. During these sessions, participants will be introduced to tools and frameworks to help them navigate their new roles.

The program provides an opportunity to share promising approaches and learn from fellow mayors about ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

The majority of the participating mayors and mayors-elect are from the West coast (California and Oregon). The average size of participating cities is 227,000 residents, and together the 25 attendees represent more than 5.3 million people. 

Mayors and mayors-elect attending the Program for New Mayors are:

Ashleigh Aitken (Anaheim, CA); Melanie Kebler (Bend, OR); Ty Penserga (Boynton Beach, FL); Hollies Winston (Brooklyn Park, MN); Steve Babick (Carrollton, TX); Jim Penniman-Morin (Cedar Park, TX); John McCann (Chula Vista, CA); Barbara Buffaloe (Columbia, MO); Catherine Moy (Fairfield, CA); Becky Daggett (Flagstaff, AZ); Harvey Ward, Jr. (Gainesville, FL); Mark Salinas (Hayward, CA); Rex Richardson (Long Beach, CA); Craig Greenberg (Louisville, KY); Richard Bissen (Maui, HI); Ulises Cabrera (Moreno Valley, CA); Phillip Jones (Newport News, VA); Sheng Thao (Oakland, CA); Brett Smiley (Providence, RI); Eduardo Martinez (Richmond, CA); Chris Hoy (Salem, OR); Helen Tran (San Bernardino, CA); Matt Mahan (San Jose, CA); Juan Gonzalez (San Leandro, CA); and John Carli (Vacaville, CA).

The Program for New Mayors specializes in leadership, management, and building the capacity to solve problems. It does not offer specific policy recommendations, and it is non-partisan. The program will offer insights to mayors after the in-person sessions and into the first months of 2023.

Twenty-two Harvard graduate students take their talents to U.S. and international cities

June 10, 2022, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities, is pleased to announce the 2022 Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellows. This group of 22 outstanding Harvard Master’s and professional degree students was selected from a highly capable pool of more than 150 applicants from across nine Harvard Schools.

Briana Acosta
Briana Acosta
Kitchener, Canada
Building Resilience: Supporting Youth Mental Health Post-Pandemic
Larisa Barreto
Larisa Barreto
San Juan, PR
Improving Trash Collection Services
Virginia Carefoote
Virginia Carefoote
Salt Lake City, UT
Public Private Partnership Neighborhood Development
Liz Cormack
Liz Cormack
Kansas City, MO
Mapping the Journey Back to the Community After Incarceration

Students will work in local government in the following cities, all recent participants in the Initiative’s programming for mayors and senior city leaders:

  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Islip, New York
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kitchener, Canada
  • Moncton, Canada
  • Pomona, California
  • Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (two Fellows)
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tshwane, South Africa


They will contribute meaningfully to innovating government services, applying the tools of data-driven decision-making, human-centered design, and cross-sector collaboration to help cities tackle complex challenges such as gun violence, youth mental health, equitable economic development, and homelessness, improving the lives of city residents.

Paul Dingus
Paul Dingus
Tshwane, South Africa
Building a Citizen Relations Platform To Improve Oversight and Transparency With Residents
Isabel Mejia Fontanot
Isabel Mejia Fontanot
San Juan, PR
Improving Trash Collection Services
Hayley Glatter
Hayley Glatter
Islip, NY
Activating Regional Aviation: Crafting a Marketing Strategy for Long Island MacArthur Airport
Ryan Herman
Ryan Herman
Amarillo, TX
Analyzing the Root Causes of Gun Violence to Create a Starting Point in Combating the Issue

Since 2018, the Initiative has placed 86 Harvard graduate students in paid summer roles in 59 U.S. cities and nine international cities (some with multiple placements). Fellows work closely with city leader supervisors, addressing complex problems such as affordable housing, community safety, early childhood development, equitable economic recovery, and racial equity and access. Fellows deliver work such as analyses, plan designs, and new resources to assist mayors and city staff in advancing key priorities.

Sohee Hyung
Sohee Hyung
Brownsville, TX
Shaping a New Economic Ecosystem: Gap Analysis for Brownsville’s NewSpace City
Wladka Kijewska
Władka Kijewska
Riga, Latvia
Spreading Joy in the Public Realm: Crafting an Urban Design Placemaking Plan
Jacob Metz
Jacob Metz
Green Bay, WI
Increasing Supplier Diversity, Procurement, and Contracting
Abdurrehman Naveed
Abdurrehman Naveed
Honolulu, HI
Assessing the Impact of Fiscal Policies on City Hiring Practices

This year’s class of Summer Fellows includes 12 graduate students from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), four from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, two from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, one from the Harvard Divinity School, and one earning a joint degree at HKS and Yale Law School.

Jiwon Park
Jiwon Park
Moncton, Canada
Improving Social Amenities Through Coordinated Community Development and Municipal Planning
Jess Redmond
Jess Redmond
Scranton, PA
Expanding Economic Opportunity for Residents and Business Owners
Naomi Robalino
Naomi Robalino
Pomona, CA
Engage Pomona
Nicah Santos
Nicah Santos
Portsmouth, VA
A Whole Community Approach to Reducing Youth Gun Violence
Kacey Short
Kacey Short
Scottsdale, AZ
Increasing Engagement with Young Adults and Persons of Color in Scottsdale

“Summer Fellows are catalysts and emerging leaders,” said Pascha McTyson, the Initiative’s Program Manager for Student Engagement. “The Fellowship is beneficial to everyone—the students who apply their skills and capabilities and gain valuable exposure, and the cities that gain extra capacity and new knowledge and tools to innovate and serve their residents.”

Elena Sokoloski
Elena Sokoloski
Hampton, VA
Reimagining Public Safety: Analyzing Data to Provide Proactive, Effective, and Efficient Service Delivery
Kenashia Thompson
Kenashia Thompson
Savannah, GA
Holistic Approaches to Improving Public Safety
Brett Turner
Brett Turner
Chattanooga, TN
Understanding How Many People Are Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Their Needs
Cina Vazir
Cina Vazir
Bogotá, Columbia
Evaluating Higher Education Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Emma Winiski
Emma Winiski
Baltimore, MD
OpioidStat

Seven emerging leaders take up new roles in US cities

August 4, 2022, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities, is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship. Seven accomplished Harvard graduates have accepted positions in city halls around the country, where they will make significant contributions over the next two years.

The City Hall Fellows are working in these cities, which have participated in the Initiative’s programming for mayors and senior city leaders:

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Knoxville, Tennessee

The Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship places Harvard master’s or professional degree graduates into leadership positions in city halls, where they will contribute to lasting change by applying skills and helping build capabilities in city government. The Fellows will help their host cities tackle pressing and significant challenges identified by each mayor. Central to each Fellow’s work will be strengthening their host city’s capacity to sustain the work beyond the two-year fellowship term.

The inaugural class of City Hall Fellows includes three master’s degree graduates of Harvard Kennedy School, two from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and two from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“I’m delighted by the knowledge and energy of this inaugural group of talented professionals,” said Bulbul Kaul, the Initiative’s Senior Program Director for City Support and Student Engagement. “The City Hall Fellows will take on complex challenges that are top priorities for each city’s leadership, ones that will benefit from fresh perspectives, new uses of data, and collaborative and innovative approaches to help diagnose and address the underlying causes and symptoms. We look forward to the cities’ future progress and accomplishments, achieved with their Fellows’ contributions over the next two years.”

The City Hall Fellowship team is planning future cohorts and will invite potential host cities to apply in fall 2022. Fellowship applications will open to eligible Harvard graduate students at that time, and the Initiative will announce the second annual cohort of Fellows in summer 2023, following a competitive application process. Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, robust professional development opportunities, and a unique opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

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