Government Leadership Network

The Government Leadership Network (GLN) is a convening of municipal chiefs of staff and other senior city leaders from among the largest cities across the United States. GLN is a unique initiative that provides a platform for cities to share and adapt best practices and innovative policy ideas that improve the lives of citizens. 

Twice a year, the Ash Center hosts a convening for GLN representatives chaired by Stephen Goldsmith, the Derek Bok Professor of Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the director of the Ash Center's Government Innovations Program. At each convening, representatives discuss important policy challenges and innovative solutions with national policy experts, academic thought leaders, and senior government practitioners. Convenings focus on critical topics in urban policy, ranging anywhere from city competitiveness to leading in times of change. Part of our goal is to share the best practices developed through GLN with other interested cities.