Collaborating Across Sectors in Cities: Lessons from Research and Practice

An event of the Bloomberg Center for Cities

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12:00 p.m.
Bloomberg Center for Cities, Taubman Third Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Event

Guest Speakers

  • Chao Guo, professor of nonprofit management, University of Pennsylvania
  • G.T. Bynum, mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, moderator

How can city leaders work across sectoral boundaries to improve social outcomes for residents? Professor Guo will present scholarly research on cross-sector collaborations and Mayor Bynum will share real-world leadership lessons with regards to forming partnerships, using data, and breaking down historic lines of division.

Lunch will be offered and registration is requested as space is limited.

This in-person event is open to all Harvard University ID holders.




Chao Gu

Chao Guo

Professor of Nonprofit Management, University of Pennsylvania

Chao Guo is professor of nonprofit management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and associate faculty director of Fox Leadership International, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Renmin University of China. Chao’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. More specifically, he conducts research on the contributions of nonprofit organizations to democratic governance, collaboration within and across sectors, social entrepreneurship, and the role and effects of new media on nonprofit organizations. He has many published articles in highly respected and influential journals, and has published two books: “Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value” (Wiley, 2014; co-authored with Wolfgang Bielefeld); and “The Quest for Attention: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, 2020; co-authored with Gregory D. Saxton). His research has been recognized by his peers and won awards from multiple disciplines.

GT Bynum

G.T. Bynum

Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma

G.T. Bynum is the 40th mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his election as mayor, Bynum served for eight years on the Tulsa City Council. During that time, he was elected as the youngest city council chairman in Tulsa history. Throughout his time in Tulsa city government, Bynum has focused on fiscal restraint, public safety, and infrastructure. He led the successful effort to enact the largest streets improvement package in the city’s history, authored the first city sales tax cut in Tulsa history, doubled the number of police academies to increase manpower, authored legislation creating the first municipal rainy day fund in Oklahoma, and coordinated efforts to establish the first municipal veterans treatment court in the United States. In 2011, Bynum was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, a program which seeks to bring together 24 of the nation’s most promising young elected leaders on a bipartisan basis, explore the responsibilities of public leadership, and assist them in achieving their fullest potential in public service.

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Stephen Goldsmith

Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, moderator

Stephen Goldsmith is the Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy and the director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizens. He previously served as deputy mayor of New York and mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country’s leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the elected prosecutor for Marion County, Indiana from 1977 to 1989. He has written “The Power of Social Innovation”; “Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector”; “Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship”; “The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America”, “The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance”; “A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance”; and most recently “Growing Fairly, How to Build Opportunity and Equity in Workforce Development.

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