Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Welcomes Summer 2023 Fellows
Sixteen Harvard graduate students bring their skills to cities in the U.S. and abroad.
May 22, 2023, Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, welcomed its newest class of Summer Fellows today. After receiving more than 100 applications across five Harvard Schools this year, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative selected 16 accomplished graduate and doctoral degree students.
Fellows will spend the summer embedded in local government in the following cities, all recent participants in the Initiative’s programming for mayors and senior city leaders:
- Allentown, PA
City of Spanglish Speakers: Solidifying Language Access in Allentown
- Cleveland, OH
Creating Generational Wealth through Program Development for State Forfeiture Parcels
- Durham, NC
María José Milla Pavón
Equitable City Contracting: Increasing Participation of Minority and Women Underutilized Business Enterprises
- Glasgow, Scotland
Advancing Glasgow’s GreenPrint for Investment and Green New Deal
- Lusaka, Zambia
Improving Local Area Planning Processes to be More Inclusive and Replicable
- Milwaukee, WI
Establishing and Developing a Municipal Community Court
- Monterrey, Mexico
Government Digitalization: Establishing the Data Foundations for Monterrey’s Smart City Agenda
- New Bedford, MA
Permitting Process Improvements
- Riverside, CA
Supporting and Further Strengthening Civic Engagement Efforts in Riverside
- Rochester, NY
Let’s All Eat: Improving Access to Healthy Foods and Reducing Health Disparities
- South Yorkshire, UK
Net Zero by 2040: Using Data to Craft a Compelling Vision for a Sustainable Transition
- Toledo, OH
Crafting a Resident-Focused Smart City Strategy and Action Plan for Toledo
- Topeka, KS
Accelerating Equitable Commercial & Residential Development
- Vancouver, WA
Equity in Climate Action: Establishing a Frontline Communities Advisory Panel on Climate Resilience and Mitigation
- West of England, UK
Unlocking Environmental Action: Using Engagement Insight to Shape Action
- West Yorkshire, UK
Engaging the Private Rented Sector in Retrofitting
Fellows will work directly in their host cities in project areas including climate action, equitable economic development, civic engagement, government and technology, and community-centered governance.
“Summer Fellows bring critical capacity to work on mayoral priorities aimed at producing deliverables with high impact potential for residents,” said Pascha McTyson, the Initiative’s Program Director for Student Engagement. “Fellows were selected based on their clear articulation of their interest in cities, how their skills could be effectively and creatively applied to the project scope, and how the experience could support their postgraduate career goals.”
Since 2018, the Initiative has placed 108 Harvard graduate students in paid summer roles in 86 cities across 16 countries. Eight Summer Fellows were hired for full-time roles in their cities after the fellowship concluded.
Fellows work closely with city leader supervisors, addressing their city’s most pressing problem, such as affordable housing, community safety, early childhood development, equitable economic recovery, or racial equity and access. Fellows deliver work such as recommendations, analyses, plan designs, and new resources to the mayor, senior leaders, and other key stakeholders in the city.
This year’s class 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 the Harvard Business School.