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Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels Joins City Leaders from Around the World in Third Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Yearlong program provides 41 mayors with world-class executive training and coaching to help deliver results for cities

Post Date:07/15/2019 12:00 PM

Gilbert, Ariz. – Gilbert, Arizona Mayor Jenn Daniels is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 41 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Daniels is part of a class of mayors participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

The yearlong program launches with a three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, July 14, 2019, which Mayor Daniels is attending at no cost to the city. Each day of the convening, mayors will attend classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

“Being chosen for the program is an honor,” said Mayor Jenn Daniels. “I’m looking forward to the year ahead as I meet with, exchange ideas, and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems with city leaders from around the world. The innovative approaches discussed during this program will help us as we explore how to create the ‘City of the Future’ here in Gilbert.”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with Harvard University leadership to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2016.

Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Daniels to some of the university’s top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

After the mayors convening, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a convening in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year. From Gilbert, Town Manager Patrick Banger and Chief Digital Officer Dana Berchman will participate in the yearlong program, and help Mayor Daniels translate what they learn into organizational changes that improve life in Gilbert.

Mayor Daniels’ participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and that of her two senior leaders – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Third Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
Photo Credit: Bloomberg Philanthropies 

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.


Media Contacts:

Gilbert, Arizona:
Jennifer Harrison,, 480-436-9781 

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative:
Warren Dent,, +1-617-496-4219
Anna Burgess, +1-617-496-4293  

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