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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Names 2024 Summer Fellows

Select Harvard graduate students from across the university will bring their skills and experience to U.S. and international cities. 

May 14, 2024, Cambridge, Massachusetts—The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative welcomed its newest cohort of Summer Fellows today. The Initiative is a collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents. After reviewing more than 82 applications across eight graduate programs this year and matching applicants with city priorities and projects, the Initiative selected 18 highly accomplished graduate and doctoral students to spend the summer embedded in local government.

Fellows will meaningfully contribute to improving government services and present project deliverables and recommendations to mayors and senior leaders in their cities, all recent participants in the Initiative’s programming:

  • Anaheim, California
    Enrique Mutis, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Addressing Livability Challenges in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    Josh Young, Harvard Kennedy School
    Low-cost but High Quality: Implementing an Affordable Rental Rehabilitation Program in Bethlehem

  • Cape Town, South Africa
    CJ Jiang, Harvard Kennedy School
    Build Out of Cape Town’s Heat Action Plan

  • Columbia, Missouri
    Farih Satria Rahim, Harvard Kennedy School
    Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Police Vehicle Traffic Stops

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Gaby Gabriela, Harvard Business School
    Improving Public Safety Response through Innovation

  • Hamilton, Canada
    Evan Teplensky, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    A Data-driven, Customer-informed Approach to Developing a New City-wide Customer Service Strategy

  • Iowa City, Iowa
    Naomi Mehta, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Expanding Access to Affordable Public Housing through the Iowa City Housing Authority

  • Louisville, Kentucky
    Derrick Holifield, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Ensuring Healthy Safe Parks

  • Newport News, Virginia
    Allen Wang, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Innovating City Services with Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): A Strategic Exploration

  • Ottawa, Canada
    Stelio Louka, Harvard Kennedy School
    Rethinking the Ottawa Hand in Hand Policy

  • Port St. Lucie, Florida
    Nikki Zheng, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Growing Connection: Innovation through Implementing High-performance Public Spaces

  • Providence, Rhode Island
    Steven Li, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Evaluation of Tax Policies to Reduce Vacant Land (an extension of a HKS Field Lab project)

  • Salem, Oregon
    Natasha Khwaja, Harvard Kennedy School
    Enhancing City Services and Improving Transparency

  • Tallahassee, Florida
    Ellen Paik, Harvard Kennedy School
    Rerouting: Solving the Financial Dilemma of Public Transportation

  • Torino, Italy
    Kiron Chandy, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Crafting and Communicating Torino’s Narrative as a Climate-forward City

  • Tracy, California
    Jordan Weatherl, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Engaging Employees, Strengthening Community, and Building Trust through Improved Communications

  • uMngeni, South Africa
    Gigi Sung, Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Improving the Integrity of Income Data for Realistic Planning and Informed Public Assistance Provision

  • Wellington, New Zealand
    Shannon Zhan, Harvard Kennedy School
    Creating Safer Pathways into Public Office for Women


Fellows will work directly with city leaders to drive government performance and address pressing social problems in project areas including inclusive governance, affordable housing, climate action, public leadership, and public space.

Each fellow in the cohort will aid their host city through recommendations, analyses, recommendations, plan designs, new resources or other supports that will enable the mayor, senior leaders, and other key stakeholders to advance priority projects in the community.

“Our fellows are excited, motivated, and eager to couple their personal investment in the project areas with their academic learnings and experience to achieve the target deliverables,” said Pascha McTyson, the Initiative’s Director of Student Engagement.

Since 2018, the Initiative has placed 139 Harvard graduate students in paid summer roles in 114 cities across 13 countries. Some Summer Fellows have been hired for full-time roles in cities after the conclusion of the fellowship term.

This year’s cohort of Summer Fellows includes graduate and doctoral candidates from the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Business School.

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