Kansas City Mayor Sly James: The Challenges of Urban Innovation and Leadership


Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

Join us for a public conversation with Kansas City, Missouri Mayor and IOP Visiting Fellow Sly James. This discussion will be moderated by Taubman Center Executive Director Rafael Carbonell and is cosponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Institute of Politics. 

About the Speaker
Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. is serving his second term as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri after entering politics in 2011. His agenda focuses on four components: efficiency, employment, enforcement and education. James serves in a leadership capacity on various civic boards as well as the African American Mayors Association and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. Following his service in the Marines, James practiced law for nearly 30 years.

A new face to politics upon entering office, Mayor James emphasized principles that would guide policy: Use facts and data to make decisions. Tackle challenges ignored for too long. Plan for the future. After six years, he points to results that include the nation’s largest SMART City technology deployment, modernizing and expanding public transit including a downtown streetcar system, a 20 percent improvement in third grade reading proficiency, and a twenty-year infrastructure repair package.