Seminar on Transition for Newly-Elected Mayors

The Seminar on Transition for Newly-Elected Mayors is a dynamic, integrated, non-partisan program for incoming mayors and mayors who have recently taken office from U.S. cities with populations of 75,000 or more. The Seminar, hosted biennially in odd-numbered years, began in 1975 as a collaboration between the IOP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

This year’s Seminar, led by Mark Gearan in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Executive Director Tom Cochran, will take place December 3-5, 2019 at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The 2019 convening will focus on major urban policy issues such as public safety, municipal finance, and how technology is changing cities. Sessions will be led by current and former mayors, prominent scholars and practitioners representing viewpoints from across the political spectrum.This is the only program of its kind for new city executives and aims to introduce new mayors to the skills mastered by big-city mayors who have met the challenges of governing in the complex environment of urban politics. It gives new mayors access to respected thinkers and practitioners in the public policy arena. In addition, this convening provides mayors a priceless opportunity to build relationships with their colleagues from cities across the country and across the political spectrum and to discuss common goals and challenges away from the pressures of city governance.