Supporting City Leaders
Mayors and local leaders are on the front lines. More than any other elected officials, they have the power to bring about real change and solve many of society’s biggest problems. They’re also often confronted by challenges out of their control. Those constraints come in many forms, but whether financial, societal, or governmental, our goal is to help them overcome whatever roadblocks they face by working with them to implement a flexible, innovative approach to governing and by providing them with the resources and support they need to do improve the lives of the people living in their cities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to provide mayors around the world with the resources, support, and expertise they need to help them grow as leaders and to implement proven, innovative strategies in order to solve the biggest problems their cities face.
The Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University builds upon the success of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School established in 2017, and will strengthen the capabilities of mayors and their teams.
Every year, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg Philanthropies hosts CityLab, the preeminent meeting of city leaders and the top minds in urbanism and city planning, economics, education, art, architecture, public-sector innovation, community development, and business.
Due the COVID-19 pandemic, mayors across the country and around the world are confronting an unprecedented public health crisis — and, in the United States, they’ve been forced to do so without the full support of the federal government. Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping to fill that void by providing the guidance, expertise, information, and resources they need to save people’s lives.
Top photo: Mike Bloomberg addresses more than 40 mayors in cohort at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program in New York City.