Mayoral Leadership in Education

The Mayoral Leadership in Education Network is a community of mayors and senior city leaders focused on the mayor’s role in education innovation, exploring better ways to navigate the political, policy, accountability, and equity considerations that cities face as the landscape of innovation evolves. The Mayoral Leadership in Education Network leverages the Ash Center’s ongoing work on public sector innovation and deep connections to city leaders to provide frameworks, tools, and practices related to leadership and collaboration across sectors, mayoral mechanisms for accountability, building capacity for leveraging data and evidence, ensuring equity and fairness across the city, engaging members of the community, and more.


Of particular importance for current mayoral administrations is the need to develop data-driven, education-to-career pathways that ensure youth are entering the workforce equipped with the skills demanded by regional employers. The Mayoral Leadership in Education Network seeks to build mayors’ capacity to convene multiple city stakeholders around a shared vision for skills and talent development that empowers all youth in their communities to thrive in jobs of the future.  This network is co-facilitated by two former mayors, Stephen Goldsmith and Sly James, with input from an advisory committee listed below. 

Meg Ansara
CEO and Founding Partner, 270 Strategies

John Arnold
Co-Chair, Arnold Ventures

Emma Bloomberg
Founder and CEO, Murmuration
Harvard Kennedy School ‘06
Harvard Business School ‘07

Secretary Arne Duncan
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective
Harvard College ‘87

Adrian Fenty
General Partner, M Ventures
Former Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Joel Klein
Chief Policy and Strategy Officer, Oscar Health
Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Harvard Law School ‘71

Mitch Landrieu
Former Mayor, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Michael L. Lomax
President and CEO, UNCF

Hanna Skandera
CEO, Mile High Strategies

Marc Sternberg
K-12 Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
Harvard Business School ‘00
Harvard Graduate School of Education ‘01