Mayor Hart selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Waterloo, Iowa Mayor Quentin Hart is one of 40 mayors selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s intensive leadership and management program.

Mayor Hart joins an accomplished class of mayors who will attend in-person and virtual classes taught by faculty from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and featuring experts from across the Bloomberg Philanthropies network.

Participants have identified top policy priorities including equitable growth, jobs and economic development, and poverty reduction; affordable housing and homelessness; transportation and infrastructure; and climate, resiliency, and resource management. The mayors expect to grow in their capabilities to lead change and advance equity, innovate to tackle complex problems, build city-wide collaboration, and improve community engagement to inspire action and better serve residents.

The in-person portion of the program begins on Monday, July 18, 2022. Mayor [insert name] is attending at no cost to the city. Based on teaching cases developed at Harvard, sessions will focus on research-backed management and leadership practices and cover a range of topics from developing new policy and driving government performance to leading civic and resident engagement.

“I’m looking forward to joining this year’s class of mayors to exchange ideas and discuss how to best approach the concerns we share,” Mayor Hart said. “When it comes to tackling priority issues for Waterloo like housing, equity, and public safety, my team is invested in using data to diagnose problems, collaborating across sectors, and engaging our citizens to address these challenges in a way that makes the most sense for our community.”

The mayor believes this program will “enhance my capabilities in these areas and connect me with other mayors with innovative approaches to social and economic recovery in their own cities.”

Mayor Hart will bring the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s expertise to the city via learnings from some of Harvard University’s top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share promising approaches and learn from fellow mayors about the ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world. It focuses on teaching leadership, organizational, and problem-solving capabilities, rather than specific policy recommendations, and it is non-partisan.

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative—the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University—is a collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents. Launched in 2017, the Initiative has worked with 428 mayors and 1,400 senior city officials in 494 cities worldwide. The Initiative has also advanced research and developed new curriculum and teaching tools to help city leaders solve real-world problems.

Read the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Press Release Here.

Media Contacts:
City of Waterloo: Wendy Bowman, + 319-291-4301

Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University:Maria Daniels,, +1 617-331-7331