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10 of the top moments from CityLab 2021

Memorable conversations and inspirations from the first virtual and most global CityLab convening ever.

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What is CityLab?

Produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Aspen Institute, Bloomberg CityLab is the leading global summit for city leaders and cross-sector urban thinkers, experts, and artists to connect with each other and to create and share scalable solutions for cities’ most pressing challenges. This exchange of ideas and lessons learned has never been more critical than now, in the wake of COVID-19.  

Who is CityLab For?

Bloomberg CityLab is for city leaders and experts focused on doubling down on innovation to find and replicate the best solutions for cities’ most urgent concerns—including COVID-19 and how it’s reshaped society; strengthening education; advancing social justice; fortifying transportation; bolstering the arts; and increasing public trust and social cohesion.  

Where is CityLab?

Like so many events over the past year, this year’s Bloomberg CityLab will be a bit different. That includes being held virtually and hosted by four cities that led the world in their responses to COVID-19: Bogotá, Colombia; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Helsinki, Finland; and San Francisco, U.S.A.

Speakers

Reuben Abraham
CEO, IDFC Foundation & IDFC Institute

Reuben Abraham

CEO, IDFC Foundation & IDFC Institute

Reuben Abraham is CEO of IDFC Foundation and IDFC Institute, a think/do tank focused on urbanisation, state capability and political economy. He is a Senior Fellow at the Marron Institute at New York University, a Senior Advisor to Swiss Re, an Honorary Advisor to the New Zealand Asia Foundation, and a trustee of the New Cities Foundation. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he served on the Global Futures Council on Urbanisation until 2020.

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Principal, Adjaye Associates

Sir David Adjaye

Principal, Adjaye Associates

Sir David Adjaye OBE is a Ghanaian-British architect who has received international acclaim for his impact on the field. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and New York and projects spanning across the globe. Adjaye’s largest project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC opened on the National Mall in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times. In 2017, Adjaye was announced the winner of the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen.

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Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD

Aziza Akhmouch

Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD

Aziza Akhmouch is the Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division within the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities of the OECD. She oversees a team of 30+ experts providing governments with new data, evidence, analysis and guidance in a wide range of urban policies to foster smart, inclusive, competitive and sustainable cities. Aziza Akhmouch spearheaded the OECD Principles on Urban Policy and the OECD Water Governance Initiative. She also manages the OECD Champion Mayors Initiative for Inclusive Growth, the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, and the OECD-UN Habitat-Cities Alliance National Urban Policy Platform.

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Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn-in as Mayor of Freetown in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. The 3-year Transform Freetown plan details 19 concrete targets across 11 sectors and covers issues ranging from tackling environmental degradation to facilitating the creation of jobs in the tourism sector. A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience in strategic planning, risk management consulting and project management, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic and her subsequent role as Delivery Team Lead for the second phase of a multi-stakeholder programme to drive socio-economic recovery in Sierra Leone post Ebola. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc Hons in Economics from Fourah Bay College. She was recently recognize in the BBC 2020 100 Women list.

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Head of Government Innovation Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies

James Anderson

Head of Government Innovation Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies

James Anderson leads Government Innovation programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies. The portfolio helps city leaders solve their most vexing challenges through innovation, data and evidence, and collaboration. More than 250 cities worldwide are currently supported through grants, technical expertise, and educational and networking programs. Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, James served as communications director to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he was the chief architect of NYC Service, the City's high impact citizen service strategy. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the commissioner of the City's homeless services agency, and as communications director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Mayor Ras Baraka
Newark, New Jersey, USA

Mayor Ras Baraka

Newark, New Jersey, USA

Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark. A native of Newark, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House under President Obama’s administration. With a forward-thinking agenda that reduced crime to its lowest levels in five decades, addressed affordability while maintaining steady growth, lowered unemployment, and returned local control of schools after more than two decades, Baraka has defied expectations since taking office in 2014. During this historic time, he is currently fighting for a myriad of social justice reforms while leading his city through the fight against COVID.

Jessica Bennett
Editor at Large, The New York Times

Jessica Bennett

Editor at Large, The New York Times

Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and author who writes on gender, politics and culture. She is an editor at large at The New York Times, where she previously served as gender editor. She is the author of "Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace."

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Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project

Mia Birdsong

Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project

Mia is an author, activist, and facilitator. In her book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community (Hachette), Mia charts swaths of community life that point us toward the promise of our collective vitality. She is creator and host of the podcast “More Than Enough” from The Nation. Previously, Mia was founding Co-Director of Family Story and Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative. Mia is a Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project. She was an inaugural Ascend Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a New America California Fellow. Mia lives in Oakland, CA on the occupied land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people.

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Beth Blauer
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact
laura-bliss
Reporter, Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

Reporter, Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss is a reporter at CityLab.

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Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Three-Term Mayor of New York City

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Three-Term Mayor of New York City

Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and three-term Mayor of New York City whose innovations in government and philanthropy have made him a global leader on climate change, public health, education, and other critical issues facing America and the world. Throughout his career, he has been strongly committed to giving back through Bloomberg Philanthropies, which employs a unique, data-driven approach to its five main focus areas: the arts, education, the environment, public health, and government innovation. He has given away $11.1 billion. Bloomberg was elected mayor just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and, under his leadership, New York City rebounded faster and stronger than expected. His administration raised high school graduation rates by 42 percent, cut crime by a third, reduced the city’s carbon footprint by 13 percent, and increased life expectancy by three years. His economic policies, which supported entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industries such as tech and bioscience, helped to create a record 400,000 new jobs. His administration invested more than $3 billion in the arts and cultural organizations, making New York City the largest funder of the arts in the country. After leaving City Hall, he resumed leadership of Bloomberg L.P., the information technology start-up he launched in 1981 that revolutionized the investment industry and leveled the playing field for smaller firms. The company has grown from a one-room office into a global organization that employs some 20,000 people in 120 countries. Bloomberg has continued to be one of America’s most fearless and effective voices on urgent national and international issues including climate change, gun violence, public health, and immigration reform. He serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, and as the WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. The gun safety group he helped found, Everytown for Gun Safety, now has more than six million supporters and is the largest coalition of Americans fighting for common-sense gun laws. His partnership with the Sierra Club has shut down more than 60% of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, moving the country toward cleaner, cheaper energy. Bloomberg is co-author, with Carl Pope, of The New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. Born in Boston and raised in Medford, Massachusetts, he earned a BS in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bloomberg is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina, and has two grandchildren. He lives in New York City.

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Anchor, Bloomberg TV

Romaine Bostick

Anchor, Bloomberg TV

Romaine Bostick is a New York- based correspondent and co-host of Bloomberg Television's daily afternoon programming from 2pm-5pm ET. Additionally, Bostick helps lead cross-asset financial market coverage across all Bloomberg News platforms. Prior to joining Bloomberg Television, Bostick helped foster and manage the Bloomberg terminal's TOPLive blogging platform as a newsroom editor. With a background covering corporate finance, mortgage-backed securities and government policy, Bostick orchestrated newsroom coverage of seminal events, including: the 2002 Tyco CEO scandal; the dawn of credit-default swaps; the 2007-08 financial crisis; the 2012 Affordable Care Act implementation; and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Bostick also spearheaded a data mining project on more than 45,000 companies globally to monitor anomalies in earnings and cash flow trends. Before joining Bloomberg, Bostick held various editing and reporting positions at Kiplinger, The Washington Post and the Daily Herald (Illinois).

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Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Muriel Bowser is committed to making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot in a growing and prosperous Washington, DC. Her administration is focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across DC’s eight wards.

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Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

Jennifer Bradley

Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

Jennifer Bradley has dedicated more than twenty years to ensuring that cities live up to their promise as places of opportunity, community, and delight for all of their residents. Most recently, as the founder and director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute, she has worked on some of the most significant questions for cities right now: how can technology make cities more equitable and opportunity-rich, and who will be included in making decisions about cities and technology? She has led projects on how local-level regulations can help or hinder innovation and economic inclusion; how cities can prepare for the advent of autonomous vehicles; how inclusive innovation happens in businesses, philanthropies, local governments, and non-profits; and the challenges that women and people of color have in accessing capital to build businesses. Prior to joining Aspen, Jennifer was a Fellow at the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program. While at Brookings, she co-authored, with Bruce Katz, The Metropolitan Revolution, a widely praised book. She also led research on the role of metropolitan areas in the nation’s economy and politics.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Mayor London Breed

San Francisco, California, USA

Mayor London Breed is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition neighborhood. In June 2018, Mayor Breed was elected to be the first African American woman and second woman in San Francisco history to serve as Mayor. She was re-elected for her first full four-year term in November 2019.She is leading San Francisco’s ongoing response to COVID-19, with a focus on equity and supporting the City’s economic recovery. Earlier this year, Mayor Breed announced her vision to fundamentally change the nature of policing in San Francisco and issued a set of policies to address structural inequities. Since becoming Mayor, she has focused on helping the City’s homeless populationinto care and shelter; adding more housing for residents of all income levels; helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets; ensuring that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy; making San Francisco a cleaner and safer city; and furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change.Prior to public service, Mayor Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.

Tessy Britton
Tessy Britton
Chief Executive, Participatory City Foundation
Ryan Buell
Ryan Buell
Professor, Harvard Business School
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Principal & Founder, Tamika L. Butler Consulting

Tamika Butler

Principal & Founder, Tamika L. Butler Consulting

Tamika L. Butler is a national expert and speaker on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior, and change management. As the Principal + Founder of Tamika L. Butler Consulting she focuses on shining a light on inequality, inequity, and social justice. Most recently, she was the Director of Planning, California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design. Previously, Tamika served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg
Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Pete Buttigieg took office in January, 2021, as the 19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.

In South Bend, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg worked across the aisle to transform the city’s future and improve residents’ everyday lives.

In 2019, Secretary Buttigieg launched a historic campaign for president, and in 2021 made history as the first openly gay person confirmed to serve in a president’s Cabinet. Secretary Buttigieg lives with his husband Chasten and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman.

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Staff Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

Staff Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps is a staff writer for Bloomberg CityLab, where he covers housing, architecture and the built environment.

Chris Castro
Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando

Chris Castro

Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando

Chris serves as the Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, and 'Future-Ready' steering committee member at the City of Orlando -- developing a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and partnerships that has turned Orlando into one of the leading cities in America accelerating sustainability, resiliency, and climate action. Chris is best known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the City, including co-founder and President of the global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us, a clean energy consulting firm Citizen Energy, and a renowned urban farming social enterprise Fleet Farming. In 2020, Chris also joined partners to launch ‘Climate First Bank’, the first B-Corp community bank in Florida working to advance ESG and local sustainable investing. Outside of work, Chris serves on many nonprofit and academic boards, including the UCF Energy Research Center, US Green Building Council of Florida, Project Greenschools, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. In December 2018, Chris starred in the National Geographic documentary on climate change called "Paris to Pittsburgh" to share the Orlando journey on climate action to millions of people around the World.

Liz Cedillo-Pereira
Chief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas

Liz Cedillo-Pereira

Chief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira is the Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Dallas, Texas. She has executive leadership oversight of 311 Customer Service, the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and its five divisions, and the Office of Ethics and Compliance. A native Dallasite, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level in human rights, immigration, and anti-human trafficking.

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Lead, Cities, Infrastructure & Urban Services, World Economic Forum

Alice Charles

Lead, Cities, Infrastructure & Urban Services, World Economic Forum

Alice Charles leads the Cities and Real Estate workstreams at the World Economic Forum. This includes the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the Real Estate Industry Action Group, the Net Zero Carbon Cities: An integrated approach initiative, the production of all cities and real estate related content and events at World Economic Forum summits. She has 19 years’ experience working in the areas of cities, urban development, real estate, infrastructure, climate change and public policy. She was previously was an External Board Member of the National Asset Management Agency, worked for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Ireland, Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament), Jacobs Engineering and Avison Young, London. She has a Masters in Global Leadership through the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell Tech, INSEAD, London Business School and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a Master’s in Business Administration from University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queens University Belfast and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Environmental Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Member of the Irish Planning Institute.

Ken Chenault
Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst; Board Member, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Kenneth I. Chenault

Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst; Board Member, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Kenneth I. Chenault is the Chairman and a Managing Director of the venture capital firm, General Catalyst. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Ken was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company, a position he held from 2001 to 2018. Under his leadership, American Express built one of the world's largest customer loyalty programs “Membership Rewards“ and earned global recognition as a leader in customer service. Upon Ken's retirement from American Express, Warren Buffett, the company's largest shareholder stated, “Ken's been the gold standard for corporate leadership and the benchmark that I measure others against.” Ken serves on the boards of Airbnb, Berkshire Hathaway, Chief, Guild Education, and the Harvard Corporation. Ken is a co-founder of OneTen, a coalition of leading executives coming together to upskill, hire and advance one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. Ken is on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution's Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Andrea Coleman
Andrea Coleman
Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dominique Crenn
Chef & Owner, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Dominique Crenn

Chef & Owner, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Dominique Crenn is the chef/owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. She focuses on cuisine as a craft and the community as an inspiration. In November 2018, Crenn became the first female chef in the US to receive three Michelin Stars. She also owns Petit Crenn, an ode to the home cooking of Brittany; and Bar Crenn, a wine bar that pays homage to the Parisian salons of the early twentieth century. She is constantly active in the international culinary community, promoting innovation, sustainability, and equality through her restaurant ideals and participation with various panels and summits.

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President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Dr. Mary Daly

President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Mary C. Daly is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, she helps set American monetary policy that promotes a healthy and stable economy. Since taking office in October 2018, Dr. Daly has committed to making the San Francisco Fed a more community-engaged bank that is transparent and responsive to the people it serves. She works to connect economic principles to real-world concerns and is a sought-after speaker on monetary policy, labor economics and increasing inclusion and diversity within the economics field.

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Professor of Economics & Director, Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Oxford

Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Professor of Economics & Director, Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Oxford

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre. He is best known for his research on the economics of wellbeing which has led to new insights into the relationship between wellbeing and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among "The Management Ideas that Mattered Most" by Harvard Business Review. De Neve is a co-editor of the World Happiness Report.

John Falcicchio
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

John Falcicchio

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Falcicchio oversees the District’s portfolio of real estate development projects that drive economic development in communities and deliver affordable housing, jobs and amenities to residents. Those projects include the transformative developments at the St Elizabeth’s East Campus, the Parks at Walter Reed and Hill East as well as dozens of other projects across all eight Wards.

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John Feinblatt
President, Everytown for Gun Safety
Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer, Apollo Theater

Kamilah Forbes

Executive Producer, Apollo Theater

Kamilah Forbes is an esteemed award-winning director and producer for theater and television. She currently serves as the Executive Producer at the World-Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. In her diverse body of work, Kamilah is noted for having a strong commitment to the development of creative works by, for, and about the Hip-Hop generation.

Stephanie Formas
Stephanie Formas
Chief of Staff for the Mayor, City of Seattle, Washington
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Chief Data Officer, Reykjavik, Iceland

Óli Páll Geirsson

Chief Data Officer, Reykjavik, Iceland

Dr. Óli Páll serves as the Chief data officer at the City of Reykjavík, where he established and leads a data science team that strives to make Reykjavík a data-driven city that excels in data-driven decision making. Alongside his work, he serves as an adjunct lecturer in data science at the University of Iceland. Óli Páll has a passion for working with data and analytics; building data teams and sharing knowledge.

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Director & Professor, Boston College, The Civic Innovation Project

Lourdes German

Director & Professor, Boston College, The Civic Innovation Project

After starting her career as an attorney advising governments, Lourdes joined Fidelity Investments to establish the company’s U.S. Northeast public finance division. She then served as General Counsel at a global municipal investment company and served as the founding Director of International & Institute Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she served as a policy advisor to the United Nations, helped launch a global campaign on municipal fiscal health and co-authored the book Finance for City Leaders, published by the UN. Lourdes is currently on the faculty at Boston College and directs the Civic Innovation Project.

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Founder, Urban American City; Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Toni L. Griffin

Founder, Urban American City; Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Toni L. Griffin is founder of urbanAC LLC, based in New York, a planning and design management practice that works with public, private and nonprofit partnerships to reimage, reshape and rebuild just cities and communities. The practice designs, leads and manages complex, and transformative social and spatial urban revitalization frameworks, rooted in addressing historic and current disparities involving race, class and generation. Over the past ten years, we have successfully collaborated with several major U.S. cities on the cusp of just economic recovery. Recent clients include the cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Memphis and Detroit. Ms. Griffin is also a Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she teaches design studios and seminars also rooted in issues of social and spatial justice. She is founder and director of the Just City Lab, an applied research platform that investigates the ways design can have a positive impact on addressing the conditions of injustice in cities. 

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President, Community Solutions, Inc.

Rosanne Haggerty

President, Community Solutions, Inc.

Rosanne Haggerty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions, is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the US and internationally in implementing systems that measurably end homelessness and change the conditions that produce it. Their large scale initiatives include the 100,000 Homes Campaign and Built for Zero. Earlier Rosanne founded and led Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing models and other research-based practices that end homelessness.

Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President of the United States of America

Kamala D. Harris

Vice President of the United States of America

Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.

Vice President Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Vice President Harris and her sister, Maya Harris, were primarily raised and inspired by their mother, Shyamala Gopalan. Gopalan, a breast cancer scientist and pioneer in her own right, received her doctorate the same year Vice President Harris was born.

Her parents were activists, instilling Vice President Harris with a strong sense of justice. They brought her to civil rights demonstrations and introduced role models—ranging from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to civil rights leader Constance Baker Motley—whose work motivated her to become a prosecutor.

Growing up, Vice President Harris was surrounded by a diverse community and extended family. In 2014, she married Doug Emhoff. They have a large blended family that includes their children, Ella and Cole.

Throughout her career, the Vice President has been guided by the words she spoke the first time she stood up in court: Kamala Harris, for the people.

In 1990, Vice President Harris joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. She then served as a managing attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later was chief of the Division on Children and Families for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

She was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003. In that role, Vice President Harris created a ground-breaking program to provide first-time drug offenders with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find employment. The program was designated as a national model of innovation for law enforcement by the United States Department of Justice.

In 2010, Vice President Harris was elected California’s Attorney General and oversaw the largest state justice department in the United States. She established the state’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice and instituted several first-of-their-kind reforms that ensured greater transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.

As Attorney General, Vice President Harris won a $20 billion settlement for Californians whose homes had been foreclosed on, as well as a $1.1 billion settlement for students and veterans who were taken advantage of by a for-profit education company. She defended the Affordable Care Act in court, enforced environmental law, and was a national leader in the movement for marriage equality.

In 2017, Vice President Harris was sworn into the United States Senate. In her first speech, she spoke out on behalf of immigrants and refugees who were then under attack. As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, she fought for better protections for DREAMers and called for better oversight of substandard conditions at immigrant detention facilities.

On the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, she worked with members of both parties to keep the American people safe from foreign threats and crafted bipartisan legislation to assist in securing American elections. She visited Iraq, Jordan, and Afghanistan to meet with servicemembers and assess the situation on the ground. She also served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her tenure on the committee, she participated in hearings for two Supreme Court nominees.

As Senator, Vice President Harris championed legislation to reform cash bail, combat hunger, provide rent relief, improve maternal health care, and address the climate crisis as a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Her bipartisan anti-lynching bill passed the Senate in 2018. Her legislation to preserve Historically Black Colleges and Universities was signed into law, as was her effort to infuse much-needed capital into low-income communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 11, 2020, Vice President Harris accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation to become his running mate and help unite the nation. She is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President, as was the case with other offices she has held. She is, however, determined not to be the last.

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CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Patricia E. Harris

CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Patricia E. Harris is the chief executive officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works with mayors in cities around the world. As CEO, Harris oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ programs focused on the arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health, with the mission of ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested $1.6 billion around the world, improving the lives of millions of people across 810 cities and 170 countries. Harris also serves on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies and on the management committee of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial technology, data, and media company founded by Mr. Bloomberg in 1981. The vast majority of the company’s profits are committed to support the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Harris also serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees of Franklin & Marshall College, her alma mater; on the board of trustees of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City; and on the board of directors of the Public Art Fund in New York City. Previously, Harris served in the Bloomberg administration in New York City from 2002 through 2013, first as deputy mayor (2002-2005) and then as first deputy mayor (2006-2013). She is the first woman in New York City’s history to have served in this role, which is the city’s highest appointed position. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Harris managed Bloomberg L.P.’s Corporate Communications Department, overseeing its Philanthropy, Public Relations, and Government Affairs divisions. Prior to that, she was vice president for public relations at Serino Coyne Advertising. Harris began her career in public service in 1977 as an assistant to then-Congressman Ed Koch and, upon Koch’s election as mayor, served in his administration, including as executive director of the New York City Art Commission. Harris is a lifelong New Yorker, mother, and an experienced scuba diver.

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Chris Hecht
Executive Coordinator, White Bird Clinic
kelly-henning
Public Health Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dr. Kelly Henning

Public Health Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dr. Kelly Henning is a medical doctor and epidemiologist trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and public health in the United States of America. She received her epidemiology training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subsequently, Dr. Henning has been an associate professor in infectious disease and hospital epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Henning was the Director of the newly formed Division of Epidemiology at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2003 - 2006 before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies in January 2007. She currently directs global health programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, including the $1 billion, 16 year Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use – a global project aimed at curbing the tobacco epidemic in low and middle income countries and the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, an 18 year, $500 million global program to reduce road traffic deaths in low and middle income countries. Since March 2020, Dr. Henning has been leading the $40 million COVID-19 global response for Bloomberg Philanthropies to support immediate action in preventing or slowing the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low and middle-income countries, particularly those in Africa.

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Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova

Dan Hill

Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova

Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, Dan’s work has produced innovative, influential projects and organizations ranging across cities, buildings and places (Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica, UCL), government and social innovation (SITRA and Vinnova), and media (BBC, Domus), each one transformed via a holistic approach to multidisciplinary design combined with an acute reading of everyday technologies and infrastructures. He's lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Dan is Visiting Professor of Practice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and at Design Academy Eindhoven and Design Advocate for the Mayor of London.

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Reporter, Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

Reporter, Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder is a writer for CityLab, covering urban policy, technology, and work in cities.

Jeanne Holm
Jeanne Holm
Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation, Los Angeles, California
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CEO & Founder, Trupo

Sara Horowitz

CEO & Founder, Trupo

Sara Horowitz is the founder of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Insurance Company. Formerly chair of the Board New York Federal Reserve, Horowitz is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, among other publications. A lifelong mutualist, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

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CEO & Founder, Trupo

Sara Horowitz

CEO & Founder, Trupo

Sara Horowitz is the founder of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Insurance Company. Formerly chair of the Board New York Federal Reserve, Horowitz is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, among other publications. A lifelong mutualist, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Russell Jackson
Chef & Owner, Reverence Restaurant, New York City

Russell Jackson

Chef & Owner, Reverence Restaurant, New York City

As a culinary innovator within the category of “Underground Restaurants” and a noted African-American chef in California cuisine, Owner/Chef Russell Jackson is the Owner and Chef of Harlem’s fine dining restaurant, Reverence.

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Director, Budget & Management Services, City of Durham

Bertha Johnson

Director, Budget & Management Services, City of Durham

Director of Budget and Management Services for the City of Durham, North Carolina. In this role her responsibilities include the development and management of the City’s operating and capital budget and the strategic planning, process improvement and performance management programs. And provides oversight to the Bloomberg Innovation Team. She also serves on the City’s Executive Leadership Team. Bertha is also an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) located in Durham, NC.

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Executive Director, Health, Medicine & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Ruth Katz

Executive Director, Health, Medicine & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Ruth Katz is vice president and executive director of the Health, Medicine and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, which brings together influential groups of thought leaders, decisionmakers, and the informed public to consider health challenges facing the US in the 21st century and to identify practical solutions for addressing them. Before joining the Institute, she served as chief public health counsel with the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives. From 2003 until 2009, Katz was dean and Walter G. Ross Professor of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University; she was associate dean for administration at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1997 to 2003. Katz has received numerous awards for her work in public health.

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Bulbul Kaul
Program Director, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
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Founding Director, Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Founding Director, Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. He invites you to visit him online at ibramxkendi.com.

Dr. David Kessler
Dr. David Kessler
Chief Scientific Advisor, COVID Response Task Force
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Founding Partner, Krebs Stamos Group

Christopher Krebs

Founding Partner, Krebs Stamos Group

Christopher Krebs served as the first director of the U.S. federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and is now a Founding Partner at the Krebs Stamos Group and Newmark Senior Cyber Fellow at the Aspen Institute. As CISA Director, Mr. Krebs oversaw the Agency's efforts to manage risk to the nation’s businesses and government agencies, bringing together partners to collectively defend against cyber and physical threats. At CISA, Mr. Krebs also pioneered the Rumor Control program, which was designed to counter election-related disinformation campaigns.

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Executive Director, Food & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Corby Kummer

Executive Director, Food & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Corby Kummer is executive director of the Food and Society policy program at the Aspen Institute, editor-in-chief of Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute, a senior editor of The Atlantic, and senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science. He is the author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food, the first book in English on the Slow Food movement, and has been restaurant critic of New York, Boston, and Atlanta Magazines and food and food policy columnist for The New Republic. Every week he is a featured commentator on food and food policy on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. He has received six James Beard Journalism Awards.

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Senior Vice President, Urban Institute

Dr. Kimberlyn Leary

Senior Vice President, Urban Institute

Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D. is a senior vice president at the Urban Institute, managing research and program development. She is also an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, an associate professor in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Principal, Cultural Assets Management, Bloomberg Associates

Kate Levin

Principal, Cultural Assets Management, Bloomberg Associates

Kate D. Levin leads the Cultural Assets Management team at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm working with mayors to improve quality of life for their citizens. Client cities include Atlanta, Chicago, London and Newark. She also oversees the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts program, supporting artists and organizations in the United States and around the world. Current initiatives include management training, public art, and digital technology. Previously, Levin served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where she increased support for cultural organizations and expanded creative-sector participation in economic development, tourism, human services, and education initiatives.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. 

Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics and good governance reforms and worker protection legislation, followed by key investments across education, public safety, financial stability, racial equity, and neighborhood investment.

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Lightfoot has led a coordinated, citywide response across government, business, and community organizations to effectively address its public health and economic impact through the creation of the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, along with other actions.

Prior to her election, Mayor Lightfoot most recently served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown. Previously, she served as President of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.

Mayor Lightfoot also served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Chief Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards, and as Assistant United States Attorney.

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Mayor Lightfoot has been a resident of Chicago since 1986 and lives on the Near Northwest Side with her wife Amy Eshleman and their daughter.

Mayor Claudia Nayibe López Hernández
Bogotá, Colombia

Mayor Claudia Nayibe López Hernández

Bogotá, Colombia

Claudia Lopez started her mandate on the 1st of January 2020 for a four-year term. She became the city's first female and the first openly diverse Mayor in Bogotá’s history. She has an emphatic focus on environmental, social equity and anticorruption issues. Lopez was a Senator of the Republic of Colombia between 2014 and 2018 and the vice-presidential candidate in the 2018 presidential election for the Green Alliance party. As a senator, she set an example in the fight against corruption, with results never seen before, she became a prominent figure in the political arena. The public recognizes her tenacity and enormous capacity for collective action, which led her to make her way into academia and public service, becoming the first woman to be elected by popular vote to Colombia's second most important office. Lopez is a finance and international relations graduate from Universidad Externado de Colombia, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Urban Politics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.

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Emcee, Bloomberg CityLab; Political Anchor, Spectrum News NY

Errol Louis

Emcee, Bloomberg CityLab; Political Anchor, Spectrum News NY

Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, where he hosts "Inside City Hall,"  a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics, featuring interviews with top political and cultural leaders, including an exclusive weekly one-on-one conversation with Mayor Bill de Blasio.   Louis has also conducted interviews with ex-mayors David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg; Govs. Andrew Cuomo and George Pataki; and presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Louis has moderated more than two dozen debates between candidates for mayor, public advocate, city and state comptroller, state Attorney General, congress and U.S. Senate.  In 2016 he was a questioner in the final CNN presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

In addition to political leaders, Louis has interviewed iconic cultural figures including filmmaker Ken Burns, activist Gloria Steinem and authors Robert Caro and Gay Talese. In 2019 he launched a popular weekly podcast, “You Decide with Errol Louis,” that features longer discussions with political and cultural figures including presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders; playwright Aaron Sorkin; actors Edward Norton and Brian Cox; and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Louis is a longtime CNN Contributor, providing on-air commentary on key events including presidential primaries and Election Night. He writes regularly for CNN.com, as well as a weekly column for the New York Daily News on a range of political and social affairs.

Louis was recently ranked #36 on the list of the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics. He is an adjunct professor of Urban Reporting at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where he has taught political and investigative reporting to more than 100 graduate students. He is co-editor of Deadline Artists, a two-volume  anthology of America’s greatest newspaper columns published in October 2011.

Louis graduated from Harvard College a B.A. in Government. He also earned an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Juanita Scarlett, and their son.

Mayor Quinton Lucas
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Mayor Quinton Lucas

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Quinton Lucas is the 55th mayor of Kansas City, sworn in August 1, 2019. In his first year as mayor, Mayor Lucas successfully worked to make all public transportation fare-free in Kansas City, signed the City’s first-ever Tenants’ Bill of Rights, and removed possession of marijuana as a city ordinance violation. Understanding the city needs long-term, sustainable solutions to fight violent crime, Mayor Lucas is reevaluating laws that have long decriminalized poverty—such as incarceration for unpaid parking tickets—curb illegal gun trafficking, and build police-community trust through accountability measures.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba
Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the 53rd mayor of the City of Jackson, Mississippi.  Sworn in at 34 years old, he is the youngest mayor in Jackson’s history. He is an attorney, a husband, a father, and the son of two life-long community activists—the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba. Under Mayor Lumumba’s leadership, the City of Jackson has bolstered community oversight of the police including establishing Mississippi’s first policy on releasing the names of officers involved in shootings; won a nearly $90 million settlement in a lawsuit against Siemens, recouping losses to the City related to water infrastructure, billing, and metering issues; and embarked upon the largest infrastructure improvement initiative in the City’s recent history. Mayor Lumumba is the recipient of several awards including the National Black Caucus of State Legislators 2017 Nation Builder Award and more recently, the Frederick Douglass 200 Award in the area of politics. He has also been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Most Influential Leaders. He earned his juris doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in 2008 and is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Magnolia Bar Association. Mayor Lumumba is married to Ebony Lumumba and the couple has two daughters, Alake’ Maryama and Nubia Ngozi.

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President & CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

President & CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color, and youth; and racial equity. Dr. Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press).

Mariana Mazzucato
Professor, Economics of Innovation & Public Value, University College London

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor, Economics of Innovation & Public Value, University College London

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the “3 most important thinkers about innovation” by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED. Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013) investigates the critical role the state plays in driving growth, and her book The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) looks at how value creation needs to be rewarded over value extraction. Her latest book Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism will be released in 2021. She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being a Special Economic Advisor for the Italian Prime Minister (2020); Chair of the World Health Organization’s Economic Council on Health for All; and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors and the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council.

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Dean & Vice Provost, Cornell Tech

Greg Morrisett

Dean & Vice Provost, Cornell Tech

Greg Morrisett is the Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech. Previously, he served as the Dean of Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) at Cornell University and was also a Professor and Associate Dean for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Before Harvard, Morrisett served on the faculty of Cornell's Computer Science Department. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and both his Master's and Doctorate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Morrisett's research focuses on the application of language and verification technology for building secure software systems.

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Professor, University College London

Sir Geoff Mulgan

Professor, University College London

Sir Geoff Mulgan is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy & Social Innovation at University College London (UCL). He was CEO of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation from 2011 to 2019. From 1997-2004 Geoff had roles in UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Geoff advises many governments around the world. Past books include The Art of Public Strategy (OUP), Good and Bad Power (Penguin), Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world (Princeton UP) and Social innovation (Policy Press). His Twitter handle is @geoffmulgan. His website is geoffmulgan.com.

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Nominee to be the 21st Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Vivek Murthy

Nominee to be the 21st Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States appointed by President Barack Obama. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally. During his tenure, Dr. Murthy catalyzed a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis, issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, and called for recognizing addiction as a chronic illness, not a character flaw. In 2017, Dr. Murthy focused his attention on chronic stress and isolation as prevalent problems that have profound implications for health, productivity, and happiness. In spring 2020, he published his first and New York Times Bestselling book, Together - The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. He previously co-founded a number of organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India; Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators; software company TrialNetworks; and Doctors for America. His research focused on vaccine development and later on the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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Michael A. Nutter
Former Mayor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Contributing Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

Contributing Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O’Sullivan has worked as a contributing writer on infrastructure, design and the urban politics of Europe since January 2020. He has been contributing to CityLab since 2012, when he began as a correspondent covering London’s summer Olympics, as well as writing regularly for publications including The Guardian, The Times, the Financial Times and The Atlantic. Prior to his career as a journalist, he worked as a lecturer in Film Studies at universities across the London region.

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda
Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda
President, World Enabled
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Principal Placemaker and Researcher, Jay Pitter Placemaking

Jay Pitter

Principal Placemaker and Researcher, Jay Pitter Placemaking

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in cities across North America. She spearheads institutional city-building projects specializing in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, inclusive public engagement and healing fraught sites. In addition to leading her practice, Ms. Pitter makes significant contributions to urbanism discourse as an author with Penguin Random House and urban planning lecturer for entities such as the United Nations Women, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ms. Pitter was recently the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning at the University of Toronto.

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Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Ai-jen Poo

Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning organizer, social innovator, author, and a leading voice in the women’s movement. She is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Director of Caring Across Generations, Co-Founder of SuperMajority and Trustee of the Ford Foundation. Ai-jen is a nationally recognized expert on elder and family care, the future of work, gender equality, immigration, narrative change, and grassroots organizing. She is the author of the celebrated book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

Linda Poon
Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

Writer, Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon is a writer for Bloomberg CityLab in Washington, D.C., focused on climate change and urban life.

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President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Daniel R. Porterfield

President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Dan Porterfield is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, since June 2018. Previously, he was president of Franklin & Marshall College, where he led the college in tripling its percentage of incoming low-income students and doubling its percentage of domestic students of color. Earlier in his career, Porterfield was senior vice president for strategic development and an English professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and a senior public affairs official in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He was a Rhodes Scholar and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016. A Baltimore native, Porterfield was raised by a single mother at the height of the civil rights movement.

Anne Price
President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Anne Price

President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Anne has spent over 20 years working in the public sector on issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development, and higher education. Since 2011, Anne has led the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap initiative at the Insight Center, elevating the voices and opinions of experts of color in national economic debates and policy making. Her tireless work has brought the issue of the racial wealth gap into mainstream consciousness and vernacular with an explosion of media coverage of the data and research quantifying racial differences in wealth accumulation. Anne possesses a deep understanding of the relationship between data analysis, program development, and public policy, enabling her to effectively communicate complex social issues, data findings, and programmatic trends across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Prior to joining the Insight Center, Anne was the Project Director for California Tomorrow’s Community College Access and Equity Initiative, where she worked to introduce community college equity issues into a wide range of existing state, system, and campus-level conversations to garner increasing support for equity based reforms aimed at improving success for marginalized students.

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Founder, CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati

Dr. Carlo Ratti

Founder, CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Jacob Remes
Jacob Remes
Clinical Associate Professor, New York University
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Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Janette Sadik-Khan

Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Janette Sadik-Khan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) from 2007 to 2013, where she implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability, and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, bridges and ferries. At Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities with innovative projects that can be developed quickly and inexpensively. At NYC DOT, Janette oversaw a $2.8 billion budget, delivering transformative projects including the pedestrianization of Times Square and redesigning 2.3 miles of Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square. Other major initiatives involved the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes and the nation’s largest bike-share program. During her tenure, she added nearly 400 miles of bicycle lanes and installed 60 plazas across the city. She also developed and published New York City’s first-ever “Street Design Manual” and “Street Works Manual”, defining new standards for creating more resilient and attractive streets. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, she was a Senior Vice President at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering firm. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Sadik-Khan is the chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization of 81 major North American cities and transit agencies and is on the Board of Directors for both the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Regional Plan Association (RPA). She also sits on the Board of Trustees of Occidental College, from which she holds a B.A. in Political Science, in addition to a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. She is the author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.

Mayor Giuseppe Sala
Milan, Italy

Mayor Guiseppe Sala

Milan, Italy

Giuseppe Sala was born in Milan in 1958. He has held various positions of responsibility in both the private and public sector, gaining important professional managerial experience. In the private sector, he took leading roles in major companies, such as Pirelli and Telecom Italia. From January 2009 until June 2010, he has served in the public sector as City Manager of the Municipality of Milan. He was then appointed CEO of the company managing the Universal Exposition, Expo Milano 2015. In 2013, he was appointed Commissioner of the Government for the Expo. His love for Milan and his willingness to make it a fairer, more international and more attractive place led him to commit himself to politics. He was elected Mayor of Milan in June 2016. Giuseppe Sala holds a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University. He is the author of the books Milano sull’acqua. Ieri, oggi, domani [Milan on the Water. Past, Present, Future] (2014); Milano e il Secolo delle Città [Milan and the Century of Cities] (2017) and Società: per Azioni [Shares in Society] (2020).

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Lisa Sierra
Manager, Innovation, Data and External Access (IDEA), City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Anni Sinnemäki
Anni Sinnemäki
Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, Helsinki, Finland
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Director of Innovation, City of Mobile, Alabama, USA

Terrance Smith

Director of Innovation, City of Mobile, Alabama, USA

As the director of the Mayors Innovation Team, Mr. Smith leads a team of professionals who are responsible for developing strategies to uniquely solve problems within the City and its communities. This is often achieved by utilizing a human-centered design approach, to properly frame problems, performing qualitative/quantitative research, and creating connections with those affected, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact/interest of issues on both external and internal stakeholders. He lives by the motto: Make Mistakes, Make Improvements, Never Excuses.

Dr. Alfred Sommer
Dean Emeritus & Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Board Member, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dr. Alfred Sommer

Dean Emeritus & Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Board Member, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor, Gilman Scholar, and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has had a distinguished career in global health research and policy formulation, particularly relating to child nutrition and blindness prevention. He is best known for his work on vitamin A deficiency and its prevention. Sommer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine).

Saket Soni
Saket Soni
Executive Director, Resilience Force
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Betsey Stevenson
Professor of Public Policy & Economics, University of Michigan
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Artist & Co-Founder, For Freedoms

Hank Willis Thomas

Artist & Co-Founder, For Freedoms

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), Writing on the Wall, and the artist-run initiative for art and civic engagement For Freedoms. Thomas is a recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2018), Art for Justice Grant (2018), AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), and is a former member of the New York City Public Design Commission.

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Helsinki, Finland

Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

Helsinki, Finland

Mr. Vapaavuori became the first politically elected Mayor of Helsinki, Finland in 2017. From 2012 to 2015 Mr. Vapaavuori served as the Minister of Economic Affairs in the national government. In 2007 – 2011 he was the Minister of Housing. Since 2015 he worked as the Vice President of the European Investment Bank. Mr. Vapaavuori serves as the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council member, President of the Finnish Olympic Committee, and Chair of The Finnish National Opera’s Board of Governors. He graduated as Master of Law from the University of Helsinki and holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree form Hanken School of Economics.

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Vice President, Kaiser Permanente

John Vu

Vice President, Kaiser Permanente

John Vu Vice President of Strategy Community Health Kaiser Permanente. John is the national vice president of strategy for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente responsible for the development and implementation of key strategies to ensure Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of communities. John has been with Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years, having previously been a director in national strategic planning. He was a Fellow in America’s Health Insurance Plan’s Executive Leadership Program and was named a DiversityMBA Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader in 2013. He graduated from executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Stephanie Wade
Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Stephanie Wade

Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Stephanie Wade is the Lead for Innovation Programs and Design at Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this role she helps cities around the world tackle their toughest challenges and create innovative services, products, and programs, and experiences that improve people's lives. This includes using design, data, and behavioral economics to deeply understand complex problems and quickly develop and implement new ideas that have measurable impact. Prior to this role, Stephanie served as the Director of an Innovation Lab in the US Federal government. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Practitioner's Certificate in Design, Design Thinking, Coaching and Facilitation from the Austin Center for Design, and a Bachelors from Boston College with an honors degree in Sociology and minor in Studio Arts.

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Josh Wallack
Deputy Chancellor, Early Childhood Education & Student Enrollment, Department of Education, New York City, New York
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Mayor Alan Webber

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Alan Webber is Santa Fe’s 43rd Mayor—and the City’s first full-time executive. He was elected in March of 2018 with 66% of the vote. As Mayor, he is focused on making Santa Fe the most user-friendly, eco-friendly, and family-friendly city in the country. Alan has been married to Frances Diemoz for over forty years. They have two children, Adam and Amanda. Before running for Mayor, Alan built a career in business and journalism, most notably as the Editorial Director of the Harvard Business Review and Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company Magazine.

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Visiting Professor of Health Policy & Management, George Washington University

Dr. Leana Wen

Visiting Professor of Health Policy & Management, George Washington University

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and a CNN medical analyst. Previously, she served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. Dr. Wen completed her residency training at Brigham & Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital and studied health policy at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. The author of the book When Doctors Don't Listen, Dr. Wen has received recognition as one of Governing's Public Officials of the Year and TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

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Anchor & Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

Judy Woodruff

Anchor & Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS. Judy served as White House correspondent and then chief Washington correspondent for NBC from 1977-1983. She then joined PBS as chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and anchored PBS’ award-winning documentary series, “Frontline with Judy Woodruff” from 1984-1990. After joining CNN in 1993, she served as a senior correspondent and anchor for the weekday program, “Inside Politics.” She returned to the NewsHour in 2007, and in 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast. After Ifill’s death, Woodruff was named sole anchor in 2018. Judy is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation and is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous awards. Judy is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.

Robert Yates
Executive Director, Centre For Universal Health, Chatham House

Robert Yates

Executive Director, Centre For Universal Health, Chatham House

Robert Yates is a political health economist specializing in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is Executive Director of the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at LSHTM and a consultant to The Elders on their UHC programme. His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement UHC reforms.

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