December 7, 2015 – Newly Elected Mayors to Attend Harvard Mayoral Issues Conference

Dec 7, 2015
Contact: Esten Perez
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Cambridge, MA – Incoming mayors from large cities across the country will gather at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) this week for its Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors.  Every two years, the IOP hosts the country's preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new U.S. Mayors. 

Newly elected mayors from large cities will gather Dec. 8-11 for the IOP’s conference on exercising leadership in City Hall and addressing legislative and policy challenges.  The program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has hosted hundreds of current and former mayors since its inception in 1975.  The Institute primarily invites newly-elected mayors from cities with populations over 75,000.

“We gladly welcome newly elected U.S. mayors to Harvard,” said Christian Flynn, Harvard IOP Director of Conferences and Special Projects.  “Our seminar provides an opportunity for new city leaders to gain critical guidance from experts, practitioners and each other.”

The 21st biennial Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors features a diverse group of policy and political experts.  The seminar begins Tuesday, December 8, concluding Friday, December 11 at the IOP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  The newly elected U.S. mayors will participate in a variety of sessions led by current and former U.S. mayors, academics, policy analysts and practitioners.  Topics will include Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, Policing and Public Safety, Communicating in Real-Time During a Crisis as well as workshops on transitioning from the campaign to City Hall, finance and administration, economic development and competitiveness, the tech and data-driven city and attracting the Millennial generation to cities. 

The agenda for the Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors can be found here.


Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy.  The IOP’s mission is to create the future of politics and public service every day, inspiring undergraduates to lead lives of purpose by committing themselves to the practice of politics, governing, public service and the countless opportunities to make a difference in the world. More information is available online at