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Bloomberg CityLab 2023 featured mayors, city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, activists, and more who discussed and discovered replicable solutions to pressing issues from leading their communities through rapid urbanization to confronting emerging technologies to reinvigorating economic development to solving for housing affordability.


Bloomberg CityLab 2023 featured mayors, city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, activists, and more who discussed and discovered replicable solutions to pressing issues from leading their communities through rapid urbanization to confronting emerging technologies to reinvigorating economic development to solving for housing affordability.

Rita Abou Samra

Urban Planner at the D.C. Office of Planning Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Kimberly Acosta

Food Policy Analyst (Acting Working Lands Director) New Haven, CT, U.S.A

Ravi Agrawal

Editor in chief of Foreign Policy   New York, U.S.A.

Susan Aitken

City Council Leader of Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Fola Akinnibi

Reporter at Bloomberg CityLab New York City, U.S.A.

Anila Ali

Founder of American Muslim Multifaith Empowerment Council (AMWEC) Washington. D.C., USA

Amollo Ambole

Inaugural Director of AMALI at the African Centre for Cities Nairobi, Kenya

James Anderson

Head of Government Innovation Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Laurel Arvanitidis

Director of Business Development at City and County of San Francisco San Francisco, U.S.A.

Zoë Baird

Senior Counselor for Technology and Economic Growth to Secretary Raimondo at the U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Jerome Baker III

DJ Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Christian Bason

CEO of the Danish Design Center Copenhagen, Denmark

Karen Bass

Mayor of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Beth Blauer

Associate Vice Provost for Public Sector Innovation at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, U.S.A.

Laura Bliss

Reporter and Editor for Bloomberg CityLab San Francisco, U.S.A.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Mayor of New York City, 2002-2013

Claude Borna

Managing Director of Sèmè City Development Agency Cotonou, Benin

Jason Bowers

Curator, Owner and Operator of D.C. Mural Tour Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Muriel Bowser

Mayor of Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Jennifer Bradley

Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

London Breed

Mayor of San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Michael Brice-Saddler

Reporter for The Washington Post Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Kelsey Bridges

Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell

Senior Program Manager for the Arts at the Aspen Institute Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

James Burnett

Managing Director and Founding Editor of The Trace Charlottesville, U.S.A.

Pete Buttigieg

Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation

Tracie Campbell

Senior Health Manager for the Office of Violence Prevention of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Charlotte, U.S.A.

Jonathan Capehart

Associate Editor for the Washington Post Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Rodney Carmichael

Host and Hip-Hop Staff Writer at NPR Music Atlanta, U.S.A.

Douglass Carr

President and CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation Washington, D.C.

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Founder and Creative Director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism New York, U.S.A.

Louise Cheeseman

Director of Buses at Transport for London London, United Kingdom

Tanya Clay House

Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Advocacy at Hip Hop Caucus Springfield, U.S.A.

Paige Cognetti

Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Peggy Collins

Washington Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Oliver Coppard

Mayor of South Yorkshire, U.K.

Carolina Cosse

Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay

Anita Cozart

Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Nathan Davies

Senior Manager of Economic Strategy and Innovation at Greater London Authority London, United Kingdom

Alex Davis

Planning Associate, Downtown DC

Tiffany C. Davis

Director of the AMALI Data Programme at the African Centre for Cities Capetown, South Africa

Jerusalem Demsas

Staff Writer at The Atlantic Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Adriana Diaz

CBS News national correspondent; Anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Weekend News

Dagur Eggerston

Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland

George Fertitta

CEO of Bloomberg Associates

Nicole Flatow

Managing Editor for CityLab Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Anthony Foxx

Emma Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School  Cambridge, U.S.A.

Kymone Freeman

Co-Founder of We ACT Radio Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Ernesto Freire

Chief of Staff and Head of Operations for Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Umberto Fugiglando

Research Manager and Partnerships Lead at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Cambridge, U.S.A.

Santiago Garces

Chief Information Officer of the City of Boston, U.S.A

Jane Gilbert

Chief Heat Officer of Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade County, U.S.A.

John Giles

Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A.

Andrew Ginther

Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Jeff Goodell

Writer Austin, U.S.A.

Dan Goodman

Director of Planning for the Mid-Atlantic at Toole Design

Andrei Greenawalt

Executive Vice President and Head of Global Policy at Via Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Toni Griffin

Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Cambridge, U.S.A.

Nina Hachigian

United States Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Tracie D. Hall

Former Executive Director of the American Library Association Chicago, U.S.A.

Emily Hamilton

Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Washington, D.C.,U.S.A.

Patricia E. Harris

CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Sascha Haselmayer

Author and Senior Leader at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Berlin, Germany

Jae Henderson

Product Manager at Black Wealth Data Center

Monisha Henley

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Everytown for Gun Safety Comment end

Brandon Hill

Artist and Co-Founder of No Kings Collective Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Davion Hodges

Representative of the Baltimore Squeegee Leadership Team Baltimore, U.S.A.

Kendall Isadore

The String Queens Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Dawn Johnson

Violist with The String Queens Washington, D.C.,U.S.A.

Michele Jolin

CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Tishaura Jones

Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Jorrit de Jong

Emma Bloomberg Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School Cambridge, U.S.A.

Claudia Juech

Government Innovation Program Developer at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui

Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities Paris, France

Rainer Kattel

Deputy Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College of London London, United Kingdom

Makena Kelly

Policy Reporter at The Verge

Tim Kelly

Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Dacher Keltner

Psychology Professor at University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, U.S.A.

Kim Kleman

Executive Director of Report for America New York, U.S.A.

Tracey Knuckles

Cultural Assets Management at Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Scott Kratz

Senior Vice President of Building Bridges Across the River Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Ryan Kurtzman

Smart Cities Program Manager of the City of Long Beach Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.

Cara LaPointe

Co-Director of Johns Hopkins University for Assured Autonomy Baltimore, U.S.A.

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Member of the President's Export Council at The United States White House Atlanta, U.S.A.

Mitch Landrieu

Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator at the White House Washington, D.C. U.S.A.

Kelly Larson

Injury Prevention Lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Faith Leach

Chief Administrative Officer of Baltimore Baltimore, U.S.A.

Juha Leppänen

Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki Helsinki, Finland

Chokwe Lumumba

Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.

Arthur Maserjian

Chief of Staff of the Combat Antisemitism Movement  Washington, D.C., U.S.A

José Merino

Head of the Digital Agency for Public Innovation for the Government of Mexico City Mexico City, Mexico

Sarah Miller

Senior Program Officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Greenwood Initiative Washington DC, U.S.A.

Krista Milne

Co-Chief Heat Officer and Director of Climate Change and City Resilience for the City of Melbourne, Australia

Monica Moeskaer

Program Director for Cities Lead at Danish Design Center Copenhagen, Denmark

Wes Moore

Governor of Maryland, United States Annapolis, U.S.A.

Yunive Moreno Sánchez

Director of Visor Urbano Jalisco, Mexico

Nick Mosquera

Bloomberg Associates

Eleni Myrivili

Global Chief Heat Officer at UN-Habitat and Senior Advisor at Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center Athens, Greece

Chiedo Nwankwor

Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Lotanna Obodozie

Climate Campaign Director, National Young Farmers Coalition Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Emily Opilo

City Hall Reporter for the Baltimore Sun Baltimore, U.S.A.

Shoshanna Page

Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Strategist for the Mayor of Newark Newark, U.S.A.

Jennifer Pahlka

Author of Recoding America: Why Government is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better Oakland, U.S.A

Ryan Pierce

Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Edgar Pieterse

Director of the African Center for Cities at University of Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa

Tom Pipkin

Founder, Pipkin Creative

Daniel R. Porterfield

President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Ilana Preuss

Founder and CEO of Recast City Washington, D.C. U.S.A

Aftab Pureval

Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Andréa Purnell

Audience Development Manager and Co-Curator at the Saint Louis Art Museum St. Louis, U.S.A.

Ida Rademacher

Co-Chair of Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy and Vice President at the Aspen Institute

Suchi Reddy

Founder and Principal of Reddymade Architecture and Design

Michael Regan

Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Krystal Reyes

Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa Tulsa, U.S.A.

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen

Owner and Principal Artist, Chalk Riot

Haley Sue Robinson

Director of Public Affairs at City of Pueblo, Colorado Pueblo, U.S.A.

Diana Rodriguez Franco

Secretary for Women's Affairs of Bogotá Bogotá, Colombia

Sacha Roytman

Chief Executive Director of Combat Anti-Semitism Movement Tel Aviv, Israel

Todd Rufo

Economic Development at Bloomberg Associates

Mariela Ruiz-Angel

Director of the Community Safety Department for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque, U.S.A.

Vivian Schiller

Executive Director of Aspen Digital at the Aspen Institute Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Cecilie Bang Schulze

Senior Project Manager at the Danish Design Center Copenhagen, Denmark

Élise Sharp

Cellist with The String Queens Washington, D.C.,U.S.A.

Anthony Smith

Executive Director of Cities United Louisville, U.S.A.

Terrance Smith

Fellow of the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation Mobile, U.S.A.

Jennifer Sondag

Executive Editor of Bloomberg CityLab

Micheal-Sean Spence

Managing Director of Community Safety Initiatives and Fund at Everytown for Gun Safety New York, U.S.A.

Kyev Tatum

Pastor of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church Forth Worth, U.S.A.

Matthew Thompson

Editor of Headway at The New York Times New York, U.S.A.

James Timpson

Managing Director of Community Violence Initiatives at Roca Impact Institute Boston, U.S.A.

Jen Tolentino

Director of Local Practice at Results for America Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Dean Trantalis

Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Richard Trent

Executive Director of Friends of Anacostia Park Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Juhana Vartiainen

Mayor of Helsinki, Finland

Sonam Vashi

Director of Documenters Network Success at City Bureau Atlanta, U.S.A.

James Wagner

Director of the Department of City Experience at the City of Tulsa Tulsa, U.S.A.

Tina Walha

Chief Partnerships Officer of U.S. Digital Response Seattle, U.S.A.

Daniel Webster

Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Baltimore, U.S.A.

Mitch Weiss

Richard L. Menschel Professor of Management Practice at Harvard School of Business Boston, U.S.A

Jenn White

Host of "1A" for NPR Washington, D.C.

Andrew Wiley-Schwartz

Transportation at Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Randall Woodfin

Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.

Justin Worland

Senior Correspondent at TIME Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Sheena Wright

First Deputy Mayor of New York City, U.S.A

Sammy Miller and the Congregation

New York, U.S.A.

Garnesha Ezediaro

Greenwood Initiative at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.