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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Joins City Leaders From Around the World in Third Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Year-long program provides cohort of mayors with world-class executive training and coaching to help deliver results for cities

DALLAS, TX Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has been selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an intensive education program during which he will explore the latest in leadership and management practices with 40 other mayors from all over the world.

As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Johnson 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 year-long program launches with a three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, July 14, 2019, which Mayor Johnson 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 Johnson.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson

“I am looking forward to the year ahead as a great opportunity for city leaders to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems for our respective constituencies,” Mayor Johnson said. “When it comes to tackling priority issues for Dallas like improving public safety and developing our workforce, I am focused on using data, working across sectors, and anything else that will produce results. This program will enhance my ability to creatively address problems with data and will connect me with other mayors with innovative approaches to similar issues in their own cities.”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder 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 Johnson 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.

Mayor Johnson’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program thanks to 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:

City of Dallas:
Mary Elbanna,, (682) 559-4062

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

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