Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at 5: A 'lifeline' for mayors

September 29, 2021
Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at 5

When you’re elected mayor, “no one hands you a playbook on how to do the job,” says Lincoln, Neb., Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, who was elected to office in 2019.

That said, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative has, since its inception in 2017, helped equip 158 mayors—including Mayor Gaylor Baird—with critical leadership and management tools to help them do their jobs better.    

This week, the initiative welcomed its fifth class—a group of 38 mayors from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Africa—who, together with senior staff, will spend the next year immersed in courses taught by faculty from the Harvard Kennedy and Harvard Business schools and featuring renowned urban policy and innovation experts from across the Bloomberg Philanthropies network.

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