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Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University together established the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University. The Center 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, advance effective organizational practices in city halls around the world, support a new generation of public servants as they encounter unprecedented challenges in the years to come, and produce new research and instructional materials that will help city leaders.

The investment will deepen and broaden Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University’s commitment to current and future city leaders through the following elements:

  • Expanding the breadth and depth of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s flagship program, including through the addition of a program and resources for newly elected mayors to help them build their teams, custom programming for additional city hall leadersresearch on city governance, and new postgraduate City Hall Fellowships.
  • Creating the endowed Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University as a permanent place at Harvard dedicated to strengthening city leadership and governance.
  • Endowing 10 faculty positions named for Emma Bloomberg, a graduate of both Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, for scholars or experts focused on city problem solving.

Top photo: The Bloomberg Center for Cities builds on the success of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and deepens Bloomberg Philanthropies’ and Harvard University’s commitment to supporting bold and innovative city leadership. Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images